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How do I know If my alternator is going out on my 1997 Buick Park

I want to know if my alternator is going out? I also need to know if anybody can tell me how to change it? Thank you

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  • alicianunez Apr 13, 2009

    Thank You so much

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While your engine is running take the positive post loose on your battery .. If the car keeps running then the alternator is ok .. if it dies your alternator is not working .. Should be an easy change on that model it has a belt hooked to it and one large red wire and a plugin with two wires to this ..

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    Jerry Koski Apr 13, 2009

    Not a problem good luck and holler if you have more Jerry ..

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