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The alternator in your car is one of the easiest fixes you can do. First, remove the NEGATIVE (-) battery cable.
You must relieve the tension on the serpentine belt by loostening the retaining bolt, then remove the wiring harness plug from the back of the alternator, then remove the two retaining bolts from the alternator. Reverse the procedure to install the new alternator, making sure that belt tension is adequate. Replace the netgative battery cable last, and test.
If the serpentine belt is loose, replace the belt.
Assuming it's not the battery; have you replaced the battery cable ends that attach to the battery posts? It may look like the ends have a good clean connection to the posts but the problem may be with the cable side being corroded. Don't just clean, replace ends (they're cheap). Starting with the cheapest and easiest solution.
Section 03-06: Starting System
1996 Mark VIII Workshop Manual
REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION
WARNING: WHEN SERVICING STARTER MOTOR (11002) OR PERFORMING ANY MAINTENANCE IN THE AREA OF THE STARTER MOTOR, NOTE THE HEAVY GAUGE INPUT LEAD CONNECTED TO THE STARTER SOLENOID (11390) IS HOT AT ALL TIMES. MAKE SURE THE PROTECTIVE CAP IS INSTALLED OVER THE TERMINAL AND IS REPLACED AFTER SERVICE.
Disconnect the battery ground cable (14301). Refer to Section 14-01 .
Raise the vehicle on a hoist. Refer to Section 00-02 .
CAUTION: When disconnecting hardshell connector at S-terminal, grasp the plastic shell and pull off. Do not pull on wire. Be careful to pull straight off to prevent damage to the connector and S-terminal. If any part of the connection is damaged, replace the damaged components.
Disconnect starter cable and push-on connector from starter solenoid.
1. Raise the car and support it. 2. Disconnect the negative battery cable. 3. Crawl under the car and locate the starter. It is easiest to do this by following the positive power cable from the battery down to the starter. 4. Remove positive cable from starter. 5. Remove wires from solenoid. 6. Remove bolts holding starter to the transmission bell housing. 7. Remove the starter.
the easiest way is to look at the other door, as it is wound around and then secured but it may be stripped. Without being there to show you, the next best thing is looking at another door. hope this helps tim
It's either a bad battery (low on charge) or a loose ground wire. If you are SURE that the battery has 12 volts (yes, even a low battery will run your lights, radio, door ajar chime, etc., but won't have enough to start the car). If the battery is fully charged and your volt meter shows 14.4 volts (fully charged battery reading), then it's a ground wire. There are two locations. The negative battery cable itself on the battery, and the location on the frame or engine where the cable connects to.If these are ok, check the positive cable connection on the starter.
disconnect negative battery cable.first turn off radio before moving battery cable so you wont lose radio code.if you got a automatic belt tensioner rotate it counterclockwise to remove drive belt from pulley.if you dont have automatic belt tensioner.loosen the alternator pivot bolt and remove the adjustment arm bolt from alternator then remove alternator belt.