Removal

1 Disconnect the battery negative terminal.
2 Firmly apply the handbrake, then jack up the front of the car and support it securely on axle stands. Remove the right-hand front roadwheel.
3 Working under the right-hand wheel arch, undo the retaining screws and remove the wheel arch liner main and centre panels for access to the Fiat Punto alternator lower mounting bolt.

Models without air conditioning

4 Undo the retaining nuts and disconnect the cables from the rear of the alternator (see illustration).



Disconnect the cables (arrowed) from the rear of the alternator


5 Slacken the Fiat Punto alternator lower pivot bolt and the upper adjustment bolts (see illustrations). Swivel the alternator towards the engine and slip the auxiliary drivebelt off the alternator pulley.



Slacken the alternator lower pivot bolt (arrowed) ...



... and upper adjustment bolts (arrowed), then swivel the alternator towards the engine to remove the drivebelt


6 Unscrew and remove the pivot and adjustment bolts and withdraw the alternator from the engine.

Models of Fiat Punto with air conditioning

7 Release the auxiliary drivebelt automatic tensioner and slip the drivebelt off the alternator pulley.
8 From under the car, undo the two nuts securing the exhaust manifold downpipe to the front pipe flange. Separate the front pipe from the downpipe (see illustration)



On models with air conditioning, undo the nuts (arrowed) and separate the exhaust manifold downpipe from the front pipe


9 Unscrew the bolt securing the rear engine mounting assembly to the subframe.
10 Undo the retaining nuts and disconnect the cables from the rear of the alternator of Fiat Punto.
11 Unscrew the alternator upper and lower mounting bolts and withdraw the alternator from the engine. Note that it will be necessary to tip the engine forward slightly to gain access to the upper mounting bolt.

Refitting

12 Refitting is a reversal of removal, bearing in mind the following points:
a) Tensioning the auxiliary drivebelt.
b) On models with air conditioning, tighten the exhaust front pipe flange nuts and rear engine mounting bolt to the specified torque.