Often times, in order to make a repair, you will have to remove the alternator. When it comes time to install the alternator, you may find it is a very tight fit. Many alternators have a part that slides in order to fit snugly when installed. To reverse this process, and to make the installation of the alternator much easier, all you need is two nuts and a bolt.

alternator trick

Put the bolt and nuts in place as shown, and then slowly twist the two nuts away from each other. The device will push the slider out, and make the installation a piece of cake. My only word of caution is to work slowly, and add a bit of lubricant. The alternator’s case is aluminum, and is therefore fairly fragile. If you proceed with too much gusto, you can break the alternator’s case.

good luck, and happy motoring.

Often misunderstood, over-steer and under-steer are both not as complicated as you might expect. Their name implies what actually occurs.

Over-steer occurs when the rear end pushes out, resulting in the car turning to a larger degree than expected, and often resulting in spinning out.

Under-steer is just the opposite. The car turns to a lower degree than expected and the vehicle takes a trajectory that is straighter than expected.

The causes of under-steer and over-steer are much more complicated. Weight, power, chassis set up, driving style and many many other factors all combine to result in under-steer or over-steer. A perfectly built car will not have a tendency towards one or the other, but this is almost impossible to actually achieve. The trick being, a driver must know their car, and drive it to it’s strengths, while also anticipating the under-steer or over-steer and taking a line what plays to that end.