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I cannot get the alternater out of my 1997 Dodge Grand Caravan. It is a 6 cylindar 3.3 engine. The Chilton manual is no help at all. I have managed to remove all the bolts holding it on, but I cannot even see the electrical connections to remove those. Add to that the mounting bracket that held it on, and there is no getting it out. As far as I can tell, that mounting bracket is NOT coming out. What am I supposed to do?

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3.3L & 3.8L Engines

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Remove the windshield wiper/motor module assembly.
  3. Remove the accessory drive belt.
  4. Remove the bolt securing the top of the alternator mounting bracket to the engine air intake plenum.
  5. Remove the bolts securing the outside of the alternator mounting bracket to the alternator mounting plate.
  6. Remove the bolt securing the top of the alternator to the mounting bracket.
  7. Remove the alternator mounting bracket from the vehicle.
  8. Rotate the alternator toward the dash panel.
  9. Unplug the push-in field wire connector from behind the alternator.
  10. Remove the B+ nut and wire from behind the alternator.
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Alternator removal-3.3L and 3.8L engines


  1. Remove the bolt securing the bottom of the alternator to the lower pivot bracket.
  2. Remove the alternator from the vehicle.
To install:
  1. Install the alternator into position on the vehicle's engine.
  2. Install the bolt securing the bottom of the alternator to the lower pivot bracket.
  3. Connect the B+ wire and tighten the retaining nut to 75 inch lbs. (9 Nm).
  4. Plug in the push-in field wire connector onto the back of the alternator.
  5. Rotate the alternator forward away from the dash panel.
  6. Install the alternator mounting bracket in position on the vehicle.
  7. Install the bolt to secure the top of the alternator to the mounting bracket.
  8. Install the bolts to secure the outside of the alternator mounting bracket to the alternator mounting plate.
  9. Install the bolt to secure the top of the alternator mounting bracket to the engine air intake plenum.
  10. Tighten all of the alternator mounting bolts to 40 ft. lbs. (54 Nm).
  11. Install the accessory drive belt. Be sure the drive belt is correctly routed on the engine and correctly seated on all of the pulleys.
  12. Install the windshield wiper/motor module assembly.
  13. Reconnect the negative battery cable.
  14. Verify the charging rate of the alternator.

LET ME KNOW IF THIS HELPED.

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How many screws are on the alternator mounting bracket?

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Theres still a clearance problem between the alternator bracket and intake depending on witch alternator you have the higher amperage one has a larger diameter and only can be removed by moving the intake over to the right.All thoe i did remove one at a salvage yard in less than 5 minits the trans was removed and it tilted the moter foreward bringing the alternator out to you . I am curious if removing the lower moter mount would doo the same

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Raise & support vehicle on jackstands.
access electrical connections/remove from underneath.

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