I'd have to see your situation because I am not familiar with that
car, but sometimes you can get to tight places with a swivel head
ratchet. That way you can angle the head to fit the space you have to
work in. There are also short handled ratchets that only have about
3" handle. In fact you can get both short handle and swivel head.
It's good to have an assortment of ratchets. See if you can get to it
fron under the car too. Swinging the alternator should not be too
difficult if that helps. Removal is tougher. Do what is the easiest,
but having the right tools is worth the cost if it saves you work and
time. My swivel head ratchets are some of the handiest tools I ever
I used to have the same problem on a 94' Escort. Use a spark plug wire
removing tool. It's a special kind of pliers made to grip the boot
without damaging it. Then use a universal joint with the spark plug
socket and an extension to the handle. After you're done, be sure to put
some silicone grease inside the boot so it will be easier to get off
You may have gotten it by now. I have not been on here for a few
days. Another poster told you how to remove the boot. If you still
cant get the boot off, you may have to slit it with a knife and
replace that wire, or the whole set. Of course if the wires are still
good, and you still dont think you can get the plug out, I would
remove the alternator. It's amazing how complicated some of these
"simple" jobs cab get because the manufactirer did screwed up. There
was a car built in the 70's or 80's where the whole engine had to be
pulled, or at least the mounts disconnected and the engine jacked up
to change the plugs. That's just plain stupid, and the idiot that
designed that car should have one of the cars shoved up his ass.
Consider yourself lucky if all you got to do is remove an alternator.
Even though cars should not be built that way.
To remove an alternator, there are usuaally 2 ro 3 bolts. One on the
adjustment bracket, one or two that swivel it in the rear. To lift it
out of the way, loosen the swivel bolts, remove the bolt on the
adjuster, and lift it out of the way as much as you can.
On Thu, 08 Dec 2005 12:07:24 -0600, snipped-for-privacy@UNLISTED.com wrote:
That he got that 428 shoehorned ito the Mustang body at all in the
first place was a feat of engineering. Same with the 265 in the
When people want the biggest engine crammed into the smallest car,
they have to expect to pay for it in more ways than one.
That said, the way TODAYS cars are designed IS criminal
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