it's me again. I found a friendly neighborhood MB salvage yard that
just happened to have a junk model laying around, sans engine.
The service guy sold me an alternator for cheap. I get home, and start
on getting the old one out. Now, in most cars I've worked on, you
loosen the alternator, it slides a bit, the belt loosens, and the
alternator pops right out. Now, in this piece of german engineering,
I've loosened the bolts and the alternator doesn't budge. I took a
good look at the bracket, and there's no sliding hole. Further
inspection shows what looks like a set of springs on the front of the
engine that may hold a pulley that tensions the belt. I'm assuming
that I have to loosen that to get the belt loose to get my old
alternator out. But flashlight-swapping and head-scratching isn't
helping me see the solution. can anyone walk me through the process?
The loosened alternator, tools, and rusty "new" alternator is sitting,
waiting for instructions.