How to Remove a VR6 Alternator

Written by russell wood
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The VR6 engine is produced by Volkswagen and is found in the Volkswagen Jetta and Passat. The alternator on these engines creates the vehicle's electricity. When the alternator dies, the battery and other electrical components no longer receive any power, resulting in a car that won't start and can't move. To fix the problem, the alternator must be removed from the vehicle so it can be rebuilt or replaced.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 3/8-inch ratchet and socket set
  • Open-end wrench set

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  1. 1

    Open the bonnet. Unbolt the battery's negative connection with an open-end wrench, then do the same for the positive terminal.

  2. 2

    Locate the alternator at the top of the engine. Disconnect the battery connection to the alternator with an open-end wrench, then unplug the wiring harness by hand.

  3. 3

    Unbolt the engine undercover using the 3/8-inch ratchet and socket. Loosen the belt tensioner located just underneath the alternator using an open-end wrench. Pull the belt off of the alternator by hand.

  4. 4

    Remove the alternator adjustment bolt, then remove the rest of the alternator's bolts. Lift it out of the engine compartment using both hands to support the heavy weight.

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