If you are on the fence about changing your alternator yourself, let me say: Don't do it!!! This is not a novice job. I spent about 4 hours getting it out and about 3 putting it back together, including about a 1 hr trip to the parts store. I'd say I lost 1-2 hours for having no manual or guide on how to do this work. If you are intent on doing this yourself, the next paragraph will describe the steps necessary. You'll have to fill in your own curse words during the exercise! LOL
- Remove the lower plastic cowling to allow undercarriage access
- Remove the upper plastic cowling to see the radiator
- Loosen the radiator overflow tank
- Remove the stabilizer bar that runs front to rear over the serpentine belt
- Remove the stabilizer bar mounting bracket that is attached to the engine just above the alternator
- Remove the steel body bar that runs left-to-right in front of the engine (I didn't find this until late, costing me extra time) You will need to remove the cover to the fuses to get at one of the bolts. 4 18mm bolts.
- Remove the bolts and body nuts that attach the front grill and upper bumper to the chassis
- Optional - Remove the air breather assembly if you need more room on the right side of the car - it's an easy pull
- Remove the upper radiator hose
- Remove the upper radiator clamps
- Remove the engine fan tray
- Optional - remove the radiator Or
- Tilt the radiator back with not enough room to properly work
- Remove the alternator
- That's it. Now Reverse the steps.
Here are a few notes:
Fan tray - held to radiator
by an upper and lower clip
. Also, there are two hoses bolted to it on the right side along with the power cables..
Radiator - if you are going to leave it in and work around it, you need to lift it from it's center supports so that it can be tilted towards the front of the car. You run the risk of damaging the radiator
as is not enough room to maneuver the alternator
out without striking it.
You will need a second person to pull back on the radiator during the alternator removal. I used a bottle jack and a piece of lumber to push it forward as I had no helper. The only way to get the radiator leaning far enough to work was to also have the front grill pivoting forward as well. In reality, you need the bottom section as far forward as possible and less so the upper.
- In every step of removing anything, the AC hoses were in the way. Sure would have been much easier if I could have pulled those hoses off.
Alternator - Has 3 bolts. Reach one from under the car. It is the pivot bolt
. It is a 15mm bolt and nut. Best with a helper as the nut is best held from above and the bolt from under. Next bolt was removed from above. It is located on the alternator face. It took me a while to realize that there was a third bolt that is at a 45 degree angle upwards on the front side of the unit. It's also the battery
ground wire location. Also remove the hot wire and the 2 wire connector