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Old 07-13-2003, 02:34 PM   #1 (permalink)
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how difficult to replace ALTERNATOR??

i have replaced alternators a ton of times on old chevy's. they are super easy. has anyone done their own alternator on a 5th Gen?? Looking at mine, it looks like it might be a pain in the a$$. any input would be helpfull.
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Shouldn't be hard. Shouldn't take you more than an hour and a half at the most with basic hand tools.
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Disconnect battery, remove 1 electrical connector, 1 thick black wire, 2 mounting bolts/nuts and 1 adjusting bolt, loosen belt... and off it comes. Nuts and bolts are different sizes (ie 10, 12, & 14mm..or something like that. PITA switching wrenches).

The hard part is adjusting the belt. Not sure if mine is too tight. You could always drive into a dealer and have them check it for proper tension.

Fairly easy. Good luck.
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if you want to make more room, you can move the power steering pump. you shouldn't need to do this but, if you want more room, you could.
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It helps to loosen the p/s pump to get more hand room but it's not at all necessary to remove it.

You will need a 14mm and 12mm wrench or socket to loosen the mounting bolts on the bracket, then a 10mm wrench or socket/extension to loosen the adjuster (faces the front of the car). The mounting bolts/nuts are not easy to see but once you find them you can undo them by feel.
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great!! thanks for the response everyone. we'll see how it goes.
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