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I have loosened the boltsmasmdescribed, the alternator

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I have loosened the boltsmasmdescribed, the alternator moves, but doesn't seem like it can drop far enough to get the new belt on.
JA: Which belt are you trying to change? How many miles are on the car?
Customer: Better spelling. Loosened the bolts as described. ....
JA: What is the model/year of your Toyota?
Customer: 2002 Toyota highlander
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: I am doing it myself; changing the drive belt.
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: Not that I can think of.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Toyota
Expert:  mike switzer replied 1 year ago.

what size engine do you have?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
6 cylinder, as I stated I'm changing the drive belt.
Expert:  mike switzer replied 1 year ago.

i see that did that last tech provide you a diagram or procedure for replacing the belt or only a description of the procedure?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
There is a photo I followed loosening the described bolts. The alternator moves, just does not drop far enough to slip the new belt on.
Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I've loosened the tensioner bolt pretty far, almost out. It appears to stop at the bolt the tensioner bolt screws into.
Expert:  mike switzer replied 1 year ago.

ok i am trying to remember as i know they change belt configurations a few times do you have two belts or 3?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
2 belts. The bottom back one is still in place.
Expert:  mike switzer replied 1 year ago.

you should only have two if i remember correctly. one for the alt and one fore the power steering.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
There are two. I'm changing the big one. The drive belt.
Expert:  mike switzer replied 1 year ago.

a lot of times if the belt has been replaced before the wrong size gets installed. what you can do is remove the upper alt bolt and bracket which will allow the alt to drop much further and should allow you to get the belt off.