Join Date: Oct 2011
Drives Sonata 2009
Drives Santa Fe 2011
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Alternator impossible to remove from 2011 3.5
I have been working for several hours already to remove the alternator from my 2011 Santa Fe with 3.5L, Front WD, A/C. I have the alternator removed from the mounting points, but I cannot get it out of the engine compartment.
I have removed wiring harnesses, sensors, engine cover and various other items, as well as freeing up the fan shroud a bit, but I still cannot wrestle the alternator out of the vehicle. It seems as if the fan shroud is still in the way. I have the shroud removed from it's brackets, but again, I cannot remove the shroud from the engine compartment or move it to the side far enough to provide clearance for the alternator. If the shroud is out, I still fear that I may not be able to get the alternator out.
I considered, briefly, moving the A/C compressor from below, but I don't want to damage any of the piping by moving it. I am still not sure if I would be able to get it out through the wheel well if it were out of the way anyway.
Anyone who replies, thank you. Please give detailed advice if you've done this job on this model vehicle. I've seen videos on other model years and the job is much simpler and things are not so hard to access. There is one outstanding video of a pro mechanic doing this exact job on the 2012 model, and he seems to have an easier time getting the radiator fan shroud moved to the side (which is not in the video). The overall job was still a struggle for him and he seems to be a knowledgable mechanic.
Last edited by hyundaiden; 09-27-2017 at 08:05 PM.