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well i guess its time to change the altenator, it decided it didnt want to work anymore. so has anyone done this and how hard is it?
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LET FIG NEWTON BE YOUR GUIDE!!

HERE YOU GO:

EASY ALTERNATOR OUT - ghetto-fied

-- PLEASE DISCONNECT THE BATTERY!!!!
-- Take off the coolant overflow and the bracket that holds it down.
-- Take off the alternator adjust bolts and bracket
-- take off the alternator pivot bolt. ( the one under the alternator )
-- undo all the wires on the alternator
-- The alternator is FREE!!!!
-- Now see that radiator hose, the one on top of the alternator.
Loosen the clamp on the engine side of the hose and pull off the hose only on that side. The hose will still be connected to the radiator.
-- Be careful, coolant will come gooshing out. ( big deal )
-- Pull the hose aside and pull the alternator out!!!
-- TADA!!!
-- Slap the new alternator on, be sure to screw everything BACK ON!!!
--plug everything back up!!!
-- FILL RADIATOR BACK UP WITH WATER OR COOLANT.
--and youre ready for some SERIOUS butt kickin'!!!
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heres what a satisfied customer had to say about my ghetto-fied route:

Figgy;

Your alternator-out directions worked like a charm for me the other day. However, there's no way you can do it in 15 minutes, man. No way.

More like an hour from beginning to end. Especially with an alternator that's been in there for 8 years/150,000 miles.
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Good luck madmoney!!!!
It took me 15-20 to remove the alternator.
I drove for 2 days with no alternator looking for good prices.
I ended up buying it from the dealer - $180. Not too bad.
then it was another 15-20 minutes to install it.
Its so easy its ridiculous!!! Just grab your tools and tackle it like a MAN!!!
 

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I have to disagree with Smooth Daddy here. I don't remember taking the coolant hose off. (But I could be wrong) OK, heres what I remember.
-Move the coolant bottle, yeah.
-You need a 8mm, 10mm and 12mm.
8mm removes the small wire. 10mm removes the power.
12mm removes the alternator bracket.
-Unplug one, unblot 2. (PUT THE BOLTS IN YOUR POCKET IMMEDIATELY SO YOU DON'T LOSE THEM)
-Remove the right tire and mud guard.
-Loosen the adjuster nut on the side (the bolt on the square thing on the threaded adjuster), then the top (adjuster screw) to move the alternator down.
-Then remove it. (the brqcket, it is 3 bolts thaty hold it) The alternator should be rocking up and down now.
-Remove the alternator bracket, (It is one long ass bracket, so you have to tap it out). Then go under the car and remove the second alternator bolt. Look down there, it is the only one holding it down.
-Now that all the nuts and bolts are off rock the alternator off the bracket.
When you get the new one make sure the pulley is the same. You sometimes get a smaller one and don't realize it. If they are not the same looking alternator but the shape and plugs are in the same position don't worry. Out cars take two different alternators anyway, a Mitsubishi or a Zentih ( think).
 

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The difference is: my way is done above the engine bay. The only thing taken off is the alternator. :) No getting your knees dirty. (no jokes please):cool:
 

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Loe Lyf said:
Hey Smooth, you walked into that one!:D
LOL!!! Shut-up!!!! ;) :D :p :cool:
 
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