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How do i replace an alternator on a Astra van (automatic, 2.0l DI)? Any diagrams would be great.Is this an easy job or would i need to pay a garage to do it? Sorry about selecting VW golf in car make...but there is no option for Vauxhalls. Many thanks Greg

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First remove the belt then mark all wires & there location then remove the mounting bolts then install new alt &wires in the same manner they came off then the belt tighten belt & check for propper tension adjust as needed then check voltage with engine off then runniig there should be at least .5v increase if alt is working

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