Saturn alternator mount trouble

Discussion in 'Shop Talk' started by eclecticorange, Sep 19, 2004.

  1. eclecticorange

    eclecticorange New Member

    Sep 19, 2004
    The bolts holding the alternator onto the engine block of my 94 Saturn SL have broken off. I'm told the thing has to be welded back on. No one at present is able to do the weld, as the engine is in the way! Does the whole engine have to come out? It seems a shame that a seemingly simple poblem should have such a difficult solution. For that matter, does it even have to be welded. Isn't there some kind a bracked that can be made to hold the thing in place.
  2. insanity

    insanity Well-Known Member

    Aug 22, 2004
    Clarksville TN.
    If the bolts broke off in the block the proper method would be to drill into the center of the broken bolt and use an easy out to unscrew the broken end out.Sometimes the drill bit it self will bite into it and unscrew it(while useing a drill bit made to cut when turning counter clock wise).There also may be just enough bolt sticking out to clamp onto it with vise grips and unscrew?They often are not very tight after the head breaks off,as theres no tension on the treads..

    Most likely if its to close to weld, its to close to get a drill into.Id take it to a shop as they will most likely have to pull the engine half out to get to it.Also you also run the risk of drilling out the side of the bolt and into the treads in the block.

    Also what caused the bolts to break,possible locked up alternator?

    A freinds van had a similar problem,power stearing bolts broke for some reason.It cost her around 180 to have them replaced.Not sure what they had to do though.Id guess pull the engine at that cost. :eek: