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Old 04-30-2011, 08:31 PM
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Default changing alternator

Found myself on the side of the road today with electircal power gone. All point to torched alternator. I have a 2.3 engine so you can barely see the alternator where it attaches to the engine. What is the recommended way to approach a changeout. I suspect through the passenger wheel well, but not sure there is enough room to work without removing the fender and wheel well itself. Anyone have any tips for me with this job?
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Old 04-30-2011, 08:36 PM
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I changed mine about a year ago. It was a pretty simple switch. 3 bolts the belt and the wires and it was out the top of the engine bay.
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Old 05-01-2011, 05:28 AM
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Don't know if mine is different, but the air conditioner compressor is rift on top ofthe alternator. Just looks like it is going to be a bitch to get out of there!
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Old 05-01-2011, 05:32 AM
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Mine sits on top of it too
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Old 05-01-2011, 06:47 AM
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So no tricks to this, you just wrestle it out of there and pull from the top?
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Old 05-01-2011, 06:50 AM
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I remember unbolting the top engine mount on my sisters car and heaving it over a bit with a long 2x4 to gain some clearance. Sometimes that one comes in handy.
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Old 05-02-2011, 05:20 PM
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Well guys, did the deed today. Was not as easy as some indicated, but on a scale of 1 to 10 it was about a 6. Had to remove the intake filter box to see what I was doing and give me better access to the bolts. Also ended removing the right fender well so that I could remove and replace the alternator after I got it loose. Gave me an opportunity to clean up the area a bit, but not a job for one who would get frustrated easily. Easy enough getting bottom bolt throught the brackets, but the top bolt positioning took quite a bit of torque with a 4 foot pinch bar to get it to seat. All in all, job done, system charging as normal and I am back on the road instead of on the side of the road.
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Old 05-03-2011, 04:42 PM
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good job!
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