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1997 Dodge stratus alternator

One morning my car would not start or turn over. so we towed it to a auto mechanic shop where they ran the diagnostic test on it and found that it was the battery. so they replaced it. but now only 13 days later i have the same problem that i had before and a friend said it might be the alternator. how can i replace the alternator by myself because i dont have the money for a shop.

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  • arcticcat Nov 21, 2008

    i got the alternator all unhooked and the belt off, i took the rad hose off to try and get it out but it still doesnt have enough room to get out. is there any thing else you have to take off or a certain way to get it out. any ideas will be great thanks

  • Oldbetsy16 Dec 10, 2008

    I really think you should think twice about taking out the alternator! I have a '99 Stratus and I have gone through 4 batteries. The dealership charges me well over a hundred dollars every year or so for a new one. I'm trying to figure out why the batteries go bad so quick...are they getting overcharged? Too much voltage going though them? It's bad enough where the battery IS, I don't want to buy OR change them so often! I know for a fact that my alternator is good- and yours might be too. Good luck!

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Hope this helps. I just changed mine (98 Stratus) and you have to remove the plastic radiator overflow reservoir. there is a nut on the shock tower and one on the fender well almost hidden by the windshield fluid reservoir. the alternator slides out to the left and up through where the radiator reservoir was. If you have A/C , you have to pull up on those A/C lines a LITTLE bit.

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  • Disconnect and label the wiring harness connections to the alternator (Painters Masking tape works very well for labeling Automotive wiring).label the wires with a marker so you won't confuse the wiring.
  • Loosen the alternator pivot bolt.
  • Remove the bolt that attaches the alternator to the adjustment arm.
  • Rotate the alternator to loosen the drive belt and disengage the belt from the pulley. Be careful that any spacers that are used in mounting are kept with their original bolts. This will make correct reinstallation much easier.
  • While supporting the alternator remove the pivot bolt.
  • Remove the alternator from the vehicle.
To reinstall the alternator, reverse the removal procedure.
To adjust the belt tension, leave the pivot and adjusting arms loose. Tighten the belt to the point where you can press it with your finger about a half inch.

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