20yr old Pajero Alternator bolt spinning - Mitsubishi-Forums.com
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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-19-2017, 05:50 PM Thread Starter
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20yr old Pajero Alternator bolt spinning

I am trying to replace an alternator on a 20yr old Pajero. The top bolt connecting to the engine spins either way but will not tighten or come out. Any tips?
I wondered if the bolt thread was stripped but noticed on the replacement alternator that the nut is enclosed in the alternator by a split cylinder of metal (sorry I dont know the correct term). When the nut moves towards the head of the bolt it reaches a cavity where it will just spin. I dont understand this set up as it seems to me when you tighten the bolt the nut will just start spinning and cannot be removed.
What am I missing?

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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 03-19-2017, 07:45 PM
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When a bolt behaves like that often you can get it out but sneaking a flat blade screw driver in behind the bolt to keep tension on it while unthreading it. That is all that come to mind.

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