Mazda Repair/Aternator installation and removal
Sergio wrote at 2009-04-17 04:21:00
You won't be able to "wiggle" out the alternator. It gets stuck up top and too cluttered by the steering down below to take it out from underneath.
You need to take off the 3 nuts to the top bracket to some device that has hoses connected to it. I'm not sure what it is, but You can take off the nuts and lift it up, then remove the alternator from the top side.
kyle wrote at 2009-11-21 20:25:10
I just replaced the alternator in my 2000 mazda protege and I wanted to add something to this answer. It helped me a lot to remove the heat sheild on the exhaust pipe. This will give the a "little" more room and you need this room to install the alternator.
DakotaProtege wrote at 2015-01-12 22:27:59
Hey I just want to add the following. I have a 1991 Protege and really like it. However, the alternator on mine did not 'wiggle' out. I needed to use a crow bar--carefully--to encourage the faulty alternator to come out. Where the bottom bolt inserts, the 'fit' with the 'post' on the car is sooooooooooooo tight. I have experienced this on other autos as well. Now I am dealing with installing the replacement alternator (One I salvaged from a junkyard Mazda---checked it at auto store, it is good). I need a second set of hands to do this b/c I cannot get it on that 'post' where the lower long bolt goes by myself. Even with the 'connecting' areas greased. Just adding this b/c it is not easy.