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Car is stalling while driving. Just installed new alternator, battery and serpentine belt.

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  • bcmimax Jul 12, 2009

    The check engine light is on. The car just repeatedly stalls and turns off when I'm idle or going slow. I just had a new alternator, serpentine belt and battery installed. I had to take it back into a different mechanic because they did not install the serpentine belt correctly and other repairs were required.

  • Bill Bowres May 11, 2010

    check your fuel cut off switch if there is one on this model. Need more inforation on what exactly happens

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I had that same problem on my 2001 zx2. It turned out to be the cam position sensor.

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Fig. 1
Serpentine drive belt routing-GM 3.1L engine L/N bodies

Accessory Drive Belt Installation/Removal
GM 3.1L Engine

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Step 1. Pull your car into the garage or your work area. Turn the car off and let it sit for a while to cool.

Step 2. Begin by disconnecting the negative cable of the battery.

Step 3. Remove the serpentine belt from the pulley on the alternator. Do this by using a socket wrench to turn the serpentine automatic belt tensioner so that it allows slack in the belt. Then simply slip the belt off the alternator pulley.

Step 4. Locate and disconnect all the mounting bolts on the alternator, use a vehicle specific manual if you have any trouble.

Step 5. Disconnect all wires attached to the alternator then remove the alternator from the car.

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Step 1. Slide the new alternator into place. Do not worry about the serpentine belt yet.

Step 2. Replace the bolts that held the previous alternator to secure the new one in place.

Step 3. Attach the wires to the new alternator the same way they were attached to the old one.

Step 4. Adjust the serpentine belt tensioner the same direction you did in Section One to put slack in the belt. Wrap the belt around the pulley of the new alternator and then remove the socket wrench from the automatic belt tensioner.

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