10-24-2018, 12:35 PM
Join Date: Oct 2018
Location: Washington State, USA
2011 SX4 Alternator Swap Help
Hi all, thanks for having me. First post here.
We have a 2011 SX4 Crossover AWD 6speed manual. The alternator went out, and we have a new one to swap in. We've done research for tricks of the trade, but most information is for the 1st gen models, which is a bit different.
We were able to get every bolt out without disconnecting or moving anything but the wheel & belt. (My husband and I are a great match, he has strength, I have small hands.) We also have access to a lift now, which is great!
The alternator is now fully disconnected, floating under the engine, but stuck behind the axle and gas pan.
It seems the only way out is to either:
-Disconnect everything from above (which looks like a huge headache).
-Fully disassemble the wheel to lower the axle.
-To remove engine-mount bolts and lift engine.
We might be able to get it out if we take the alternator-pully off. But if that works we'll have to do that to the new one as well and then reassemble in place. We're thinking about doing this anyways as our new (used) alternator has a small dent on the lip of the pully so we're thinking about swapping the old one in.
So I guess I have 2 questions:
Is taking apart an alternator-pully a big deal?
Is there anyone out there who's removed an alternator from a 2010+ SX4? What path did you use to get it out/in??