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Loosen the tensioner for the accessory belt for the alternator and remove the belt. Remove the two long bolts that are holding the alternator in the bracket. (Sometimes you have to remove the tensioner arm completely or just loosen it and it will slide over to relieve tension on belt) Full article: http://www.ehow.com/how-does_4829335_removing-alternator-pontiac-sunfire.html
the easy way is remove the radio from the dash leave plugged in remove the anttenna wire from the radio stick a small screwdriver in the anttenna socket and see if the recpetion is better you may have to hold the screwdriver with your hand to be a better antenna if so thier is something wrong with your antenna coax or antenna if not doesnt help then the radio is bad internally
Disconnect the negative"-" battery cable from the battery. Remove two mounting screws before disconnecting the wires, this will allow easier access to the wiring. Spray a fair amount of penetrating oil on all the wiring terminals and let them soak for about ten minutes. Remove the wires and make a small diagram in order to remember their placement upon reinstallation. That's it, reverse the removal instructions for installation Thank you, Dana P.S. It may be necessary to remove the sarter from the top end of the engine due to interference from exhaust or steering linkages, but normally they will come out from the bottom. Thank you, Dana
in general alternators are al lot easier to install than people think.. you should be able to do it in the parking lot outside your local parts store. you could probably get away with a wrench/socket the fits the bolts that hold it onto the motor/bracket. the first thing, use a 3/8" ratchet to put counter the tension on the belt tensioner, so you can remove the serpentine belt from around the alternator pulley. then undo the bolts holding it on and it should come right off.. also, be sure to undo the wire clip beofore removing the alt. the new alternator installs in the reverse of the removal directions. **notes be sure to have your charging system checked first to make sure that it is the problem, keep track of how serpentine belt came off so you can put it back on the same way (it only goes on one way) and you will need to put counter-tension on the belt tensioner to get it on.. in some cars it can be a tight fit and you may have to move/remove misc things out of the way to get it in/out, this is normal.. good luck