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Are you sure you need an alternator? Have you had your favorite autoparts store check it and battery for you?
Since you seem inclined to DIY, I recommend you purchace a repair manual from auto parts, or try filepeep.com if they have it,
or manualslib.com You will probably want it again anyway.
Most likely the "support lift"'s have failed. They are available at most auto partrs stores and cost about $30.00 each. Your car will have two and if one has failed it is prudent to change both at the same time. Installation instructions should come with the replacement struts.
OPEN HOOD.REMOVE COVER TOP RADIATOR SUPPORT.REMOVE THE SCREWS NUTS AND PULL THE HEADLIGHT HOUSING OUT REMOVE BULB HOLDERS.THEN DISCONNECT THE ELECTRICAL CONNECTORS FROM HEADLIGHT HOUSING.REMOVE THE COVERS FOR ACCESS TO THE BULBS.YOU NEED TO WEAR CLEAN PAIR GLOVES YOU ARE HANDLING HALOGEN LIGHT BULBS OIL FROM YOUR FINGERS WILL CAUSE BULBS TO BLOW.NOW WITH CLEAN GLOVES ON HANDS ROTATE THE BULB HOLDER COUNTERCLOCKWISE. WITHOUT TOUCHING THE GLASS WITH YOUR BARE FINGERS.INSTALL NEW BULB AND HOLDER ASSEMBLY INTO THE HEADLIGHT HOUSING AND ROTATE CLOCKWISE TO LOCK IN PLACE.THEN PLACE THE HEADLIGHT HOUSING AND RADIATOR SUPPORT COVER THATS ALL TO IT.