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Needing to replace the alternator. Any solutions on quick removal?

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I believe your car has a 4.0L V-8. This altenator is rather difficult to r&r. To get access the radiator has to be removed. It won't come out the bottom because the subframe is in the way. If you don't have a good selection of tools & mechanical knowledge, best to take it to a mechanic.

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If you have a v-6 with a serpentine belt you're in luck. Just use a 1/2" breaker bar to loosen tension on the belt.

Then remove the belt.

Hopefully, your alternator is easily accessible with wrenches. If not, I'm sorry.

Removal involves unscrewing nuts and bolts until the alternator is free, and removing any wire or plug in wire that connects to it.

Good luck on this one.

Posted on Jul 04, 2010

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    Duane Wong Jul 27, 2010

    Yes, I would agree with the other expert who says that it's a difficult alternator to replace.

    If you have to take the radiator out to get it out, that's more advanced than a novice can quickly change.

    Good luck to you.



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