Is it true that you need to remove the front clip to access the alternator or is there some other way? The bearings sound like they have decided to die...
You and VAST get the smart vote for today.
So many procedures on that car say take off front bumper. I don't know how I couldn't have overlooked coming in from below with belly pan off.
Sometimes, all these baffles/plastic panels get in the way of my thinking process