HoMsEy4LiFe

Recommended garage in montreal (changing the alternator)

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where is this bulkhead piece?..ive never noticed it

 

anyone have pictures? or is it really obvious if i go look under a cabrio ?

Edited by LooseLugNuts

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The transverse bulkhead is bolted to steel

floor and to door sills. It supports rear end of plastic floor pan. 

Bulkhead does not block access to engine or transmission. 

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On 4/7/2016 at 8:46 AM, HoMsEy4LiFe said:

So does anyone know a garage in the Montreal area (preferably anywhere between, or near, downtown area and ville St-Laurent) that know what he's doing and charges a fair rate?

 

Normand Corneau Auto in Mcmasterville can be reached by the 810 train from Gare Central Station (downtown Montreal), which stops just a 3 minute walk from his shop.  Normand knows Smarts inside and out (so fewer hours spent) plus his hourly rate is reasonable.

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The previous post is in response to a much earlier post and to some it may appear as an advertisement.

 

I am responding to make any that have a seized alternator aware that they do not necessarily have to have it removed and replaced.

 

If seized, it likely can be fixed by simply applying torque to the alternator shaft with a 22mm extended socket wrench.

 

The alternator is open frame and subject to rust build up between rotor and stator.

 

There are likely numerous smart alternators which have unnecessarily been removed and replaced.

 

On the other hand, if the alternator has failed electrically, it of course will be necessary to remove and replace it.

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Oops, my apologies for responding to such an old post.  No advertising intended.  Our alternator was thoroughly seized and corroded, and the shop I mentioned simply made quick work of it.  I've saved it and might bring it to an electrical rebuild specialist at some point, but if they're still $150 brand new on eBay the next time I need one, I'm not sure I'd bother.  What would be cool is to figure out how to better protect it from the elements.  Ours isn't going to be driven in winter, although I suspect the previous owner did, so hopefully we won't have to worry about this particular issue again.

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