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Alternator is bad..

I have a 1990 plymouth laser and it would not turn over... so i charged up the dead battery and as soon as I removed the pos bat terminal it died immediately... Is this a job for a home mechanic?

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This is a bad alternator, if u are very skilled then u should have no problem, u just need common hand tools, remember to disconnect Battery before staring working, take a picture before u start work of bolts and wiring to alt..

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