How to Remove the Alternator From a 1969 VW Beetle

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How to Remove the Alternator From a 1969 VW Beetle
Volkswagen Beetle (yellow car image by JoLin from

Removing the 1969 Volkswagen Beetle alternator is accomplished by anyone with automotive service experience. Unlike most vehicles, the Beetle's engine is located in the back of the vehicle. The small space in the engine compartment requires a little more work than usual when removing the alternator. While viewing the engine compartment from the front, the alternator is located directly in front of the engine, and behind the fan. Average removal time is about one hour.

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Things you need

  • Socket Wrench
  • Phillips screwdriver

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  1. 1

    Open the rear bonnet to the Volkswagen Beetle. Disconnect the negative battery cable using a socket wrench.

  2. 2

    Disconnect the alternator wiring from the left side of the alternator using a socket wrench. The alternator, and the black in colour alternator wire, is located on the left side of the engine compartment.

  3. 3

    Remove the air cleaner by twisting the wing nut on the air cleaner to the left. Remove the alternator support mounting strap by unbuckling the metal clasp.

  4. 4

    Remove the drive belt pulley nut, sometimes referred as the V-belt pulley nut, using the socket wrench. Pull the drive belt off the alternator pulley by pulling straight up.

  5. 5

    Remove the mounting screw on each side of the fan housing using a Phillips screwdriver. Pull the fan housing straight up, and out of the engine compartment.

  6. 6

    Slide out the 1969 Volkswagen Beetle alternator by hand. It will pull straight toward you, as you view the vehicle from the front.

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