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How do I find instructions to replace my alternator? I have a 1997 buick Park Avenue. The alternator sits almost on top of the engine, so I thought it would not be too difficult to do. Also, are there any special tools needed for this job? Thank you for your help with my last question. I must say this place is great!

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You might want to take a picture of the alternator before you begin to work on it (if you have a digital camera it makes it SO MUCH EASIER). Just in case you forget where everything was.

1. Disconnect negative battery cable.
2. Remove drive belt.
3. Remove nut retaining positive battery cable to alternator BAT terminal.
4. Disconnect alternator electrical connector.
5. Remove mounting bolts, nuts, braces and brackets.
6. Remove other components as necessary.
7. Remove the alternator, and to install it, just reverse removal procedure (steps 1 thru 7).


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You can get this info at Autozone from a Chilton manual about 10.00 for the book .always disconnect the battery first when servicing any part of the charging or starting system.then you will need to release the tension on the tensioner puilley found in the belt drive assembly.remove bolts holding the Alt. and replace. reassemble

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