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Old 03-13-2018
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Default 1988 WB40 Alternator belt servicing

Greetings friends — I’m currently wrenching on my “new to me” 1988 XXV with the 8V92 sexy beast, and find myself scratching my head, armpits and nostrils, trying to cipher how to get my new belts onto the lower alternator (it currently has none, but the alternator spins freely, so I’m hopeful). Do I actually have to pull off the back bumper to get to this thing? It’s buried from every angle that I see... Please have mercy and advise! Also, is there an upper unit on this model that is accessible from beneath the bed? Neither unit seems to be offering any ohm-alms, so I’m assuming that neither unit had been serviced in recent history, as none of the previous owners’ receipts show belt replacements...they exchanged fluids a lot, but seem to have neglected their rubbers, and left the juicy bits to me
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Yes,i'm sure you will have an alternator on the front side of the engine.
Theres a hatch under the floor,lots of threads about how to get the hatch open,and one or 2 about how to make the hole bigger .
On the aternator hidden behind the bumper you can put belts on it without removing the bumper.
Raise the tailgate,and standing facing the engine put your right hand out and touch the cross member behind the bumper,about where your hand is you will see a 1'' hole drilled in the cross member,you insert a wobble socket on an extension into that hole to loosen the adjusting bolt on the alternator.
Everything else has to be done under the coach.
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Thank you for the expertise, Randy — I did notice the hole, but was unclear as to whether it was an access point to the requisite bolt or not...hopefully, I will be able to wiggle a bar in somewhere to tension them...thank you for the quick reply.
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Thank you for the expertise, Randy — I did notice the hole, but was unclear as to whether it was an access point to the requisite bolt or not...hopefully, I will be able to wiggle a bar in somewhere to tension them...thank you for the quick reply.
You can do it,use a bar and tension the belts from the bumper area,if it was easy little kids would be doing it!
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When you get under the bed you will see the forward alternator. They both have 2 belts. Make sure the belts are well matched. It also makes it easier to cut out some more wood in the bedroom floor. Before you remove the metal cover trace around it with a sharpie. Then you will see the excess flooring that can safely be removed. While you are in there, check the coolant hoses. Replace if there is any question of life left. It’s $50 in parts and a good morning and part afternoon to save an 8V92.

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The rear upper alternator can be done without removing the hatch, if you know a person with long arms and have a long extension for a ratchet wrench. It does take two people, but is doable, through the side door and engine hatch. One of my son's has a 39" arm length, so that really helped.
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