Clattery when cold
Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: United Kingdom
County: Greater London
From above I couldn't actually figure out how to remove the HP fuel pump bracket, the enormous casting that supports the pump. There are bolts that hold it to the back of the block... somewhere... with terrible access. I suspect it can only be removed c/o access underneath, but the ARB and rack appeared to be right in the way.
If that support bracket could be removed (and that means pump off, belts off) then access to the alternator might be possible.
Inlet off (and the vacuum oil separator) gives much more room, and I think I remember thinking that the starter motor would have to shift as well (another horror) but I still couldn't see how... l gave up once I'd determined there was nothing actually wrong with my alternator anyway.
I'm sure a specialist with a ramp, who knows the cars, where the fastenings are, what does and doesn't need to come off, could do it in 2-3 hours, and for this job I'd find the money somehow. But it's the sort of job that taken to a general garage, who've no idea about the MO, could end in engine out and a huge bill.