My alternator just took a crap yesterday so today I went over to AutoZone and got a rebuilt one. I took the old alternator out with no problems at all, but installing the new one has proved to be a lot of trouble. I'm not a mechanic so bear with me. I put the long bolt through the alternator so that it can pivot and allow you to take on and off the belt. That was easy. Then, I put the belt back on and proceeded to try and put the other bolt in that holds the alternator in place. It's the one attached to the little slider. The friggin thing just doesn't want to go into the alternator!! I tried taking off the belt and trying - no use. I tried raising the alternator up and bolting it in - it went in but crooked, so no use. I even tried putting a friggin toothpick in the housing of the alternator to see where it came out and then pushing the toothpick in and guiding the bolt in - no use. I'm getting very very pissed off and very very greasy from this. Can anyone offer a little advice as to how I should be installing this - step by step?