Hi folks. My car is a 2004 C5 saloon, 1.8 ltr petrol with numbers VF7**************[VIN obfuscated, can be read by forum staff]. It is LHD with aircon.
The alternator is getting hot and smoking when the battery is connected (even with the ignition off and car not started), so I checked the main earth straps in and around the engine bay for corrosion etc. They appear to be ok, so I am assuming the alternator needs rebuilding or replacing.
The problem I am having is in removing the alternator. I just can't understand how to remove the bolts. One appears to be behind the idler pulley and access is very limited. I have the car on a jack with the wheel arch liner and undertray removed. The job appears to be so impossible that I have started to think I am missing something very, very obvious!
Weirdly I can find very little info about changing a C5 alternator on the internet, so I hope you kind people can throw some light on the issue.
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Ah, that starts to help a lot and is what I suspected. So I guess it is a case of (a) slacken off/remove the tensioner (b) remove the idler (c) try to get to the alternator bolts. I assume it doesn't mean take off just the idler pulley using its centre bolt - it means remove the whole idler assembly?