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open your engine compartment hood and swing the support arm up and into the slot made for it in the hood. Standing on the passenger side, the alternator is toward the firewall, under the windshield wiper motor assembly and attached to the engine. It will be a lot more visible if you remove the foam rubber seal that runs along the top of the body that runs from right to left of the back underside of the engine compartment hood when it is closed. Just lift it off of the lip it is resting on. Then remove the plastic cover that also runs the complete back side to side length of the engine compartment. carefully pull the cover piece up out of each of the metallic spring clips that is holding it in place. With these two items removed and set aside, you will be able to see your alternator where I previously described it to be, when standing on the passenger side of the car, facing the engine compartment, you will be facing the front of your 3.4 L engine. You can follow the rubber drive belt all around it's travel in and around the various pulleys that drive the components that are attached to the front of your engine. The alternator is attached to the upper left hand side of the front of the engine. It won't have any hoses or tubing attached to it like the power steering pump or water pump does. It will have two wires connected to the back side of it. One large wire and one small wire that connect through a plug that clips into a receptacle built into the back side of the alternator. . Don't attempt to remove the wires until you disconnect the battery. the wire plug will have a locking pin slid through the clip on the plug. Use a pair of needle nose pliers to grip the thick side of the pin and pull it out. Now you can depress the lock clip on the plug and pull it out of the receptacle back side of the alternator. Next you will need to locate the belt idler arm. this is located closer to the front center of the engine. It is a spring loaded arm with a pulley on it that keeps a steady tension on the drive belt. On the arm of the idler arm, there is a square hole/slot/opening that measures 3/8" square. This opening is made for a 3/8" socket wrench to be inserted and move the idler arm pulley up or down to remove the tension on the drive belt so it can be removed or replaced. Remove the belt now. Now direct you attention back to the alternator. Use a #15mm socket wrench and short extension to remove the two bolts holding the alternator on to the engine One bolt is visible on the top left side of the alternator, (and there may be a third bolt but I can't remember for sure), and the second bolt is located at the bottom left side and back up under the alternator in a position that is not visible when the alternator is in place on the engine. use your fingers to feel the bolt head and then remove it. It is a long bolt and might have to come out with the alternator, meaning it is too long to be slid out of the alternator when it is in the position it normally is on the front of the engine. When you feel the bolt is free from the threads on the engine, lift it out still inside the slot it runs through on the alternator, along with the alternator at the same time. This makes it a bit difficult to re-install the new alternator, because you have to support the weight of the alternator as you probe around for the threaded hole that the bottom bolt screws into. Other than that re-install note....just reverse all of the removal instructions to put the new alternator back in. Torque the bolts on the alternator tight! and if you can access the torque specifications on line or in a Chilton's book that is made for use on a silhouette, venture or montana manufactured in 2000-2001-2002 with a 3.4 L v-6 engine,,... and have a torque wrench to torque it down so...otherwise just tighten the bolts back to the same degree of effort/tug/pull that you had to exert when you removed them. And keep a mental image of how the drive belt goes back on the pulley system, or make a drawing of the belt route before removing...there is a diagram of the belt installation and route on the front of your engine compartment. Replace the drive belt if it's over 5 years old or if it has cracks or other defects that can be visually identified when you inspect it while it is off the engine.

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Lift the car hood and disconnect the ground cable from the battery´s negative terminal. In the engine compartment, locate the alternator. On top of the alternator you will see a pivot bolt. Use a socket wrench to loosen this bolt, but do not remove it completely.

Locate the alternator belt and loosen it from its pulleys by applying pressure to the alternator and moving it in the direction of the engine. Once the alternator belt is loosened, pull it off from its pulleys.

Install the new alternator belt. It must run around the alternator pulley, the water pump pulley and the alternator pulley. With the new alternator belt in place, adjust it over the pulleys by bringing the alternator back to its original position, away from the engine. Make sure the belt is tight around the pulleys, then tighten the pivot bolt on top of the alternator.

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  • Locate the two belts on the left side (passenger side) of your Mitsubishi Lancer. The outer belt is a serpentine belt, operating four pulleys and the inner belt is your alternator belt.

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    Follow the serpentine (outer) belt to the three pulleys lined up vertically near the front of the engine compartment. Locate the middle pulley, which is the tension pulley for the belt.

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    Loosen the bolt on the middle pulley with a socket wrench by turning counter-clockwise. Do not remove the bolt, just turn it a couple of times. Loosen the tensioner bolt on the side of the of the pulley, facing the front of the vehicle.

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    Remove the serpentine belt and then loosen the bolt on the alternator. With the alternator loose, move it forward so that the alternator belt loosens up and then remove belt from the pulleys.

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    Install the new alternator belt by placing it over both inside pulleys. Tighten the tension on the alternator belt by moving the alternator back and keeping tension on it by holding it back with a long screwdriver. While the alternator belt is tight, use a socket wrench to tighten up the bolt on the alternator.

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    Place the serpentine belt back on the pulleys and then use a socket wrench on the bolt on the front of the tension pulley. Once the serpentine belt is tight, tighten up the bolt in the middle of the tension pulley.

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    Start the Mitsubishi Lancer's engine to test the alternator belt and make sure it is working properly. Once you have verified it is working, turn the engine off.

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  • Step 2 Ensure that no other parts of the engine will prevent you removing the alternator. If there are other parts that you must remove, carefully remove them before attempting to remove the alternator. Make sure that you keep all the screws, nuts, bolts and other parts together for any other items that you remove, as you will need to use them to replace those items after changing your alternator.
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  • Step 4 Find the alternator mounting bolt or bolts. There is usually 1 bolt that attaches the alternator to the engine and is placed at a pivot point on the alternator, so that the alternator may be positioned against the fan belt to a greater or lesser of a degree as needed to generate the charging current for the recharge of the battery.
  • Step 5 Loosen the mounting bolt at the bottom of the alternator and rotate the alternator back away from the fan belt. Continue loosening the bolt until it is free from the engine. Remove it and place it aside for use in remounting the new alternator.
  • Step 6 Lift the alternator out of the engine cavity and place it on the engine so that you may disconnect the electrical connections for final removal. Locate the point at which the charging circuit attaches to the alternator.
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    However....if it's the 3.0L (4 valve) engine, then:
    1. Disconnect the battery ground cable.
    2. Remove the accessory drive belt.
    3. Remove the power steering hose bracket nut from the alternator mounting bolt.
    4. Remove the upper alternator mounting bolts. NOTE: The left side bolt will come out with the alternator.
    5. Raise and safely support the vehicle.
    6. Remove the right front wheel.
    7. Remove the right inner fender splash shield.
    8. Remove the screws and the alternator splash shield
    9. Remove the torque converter inspection cover.
    10. Install the flywheel holding tool.
    11. Remove the bolt and the crankshaft pulley. NOTE: The crankshaft pulley bolt has a reverse thread. The crankshaft pulley and bolt are a molded composite and are one piece.
    12. Lower the alternator to allow access to the electrical connectors.
    13. Disconnect the crankshaft sensor.
    14. Release the oxygen sensor connector locator from the bracket.
    15. Remove the lower alternator bolt.
    16. Disconnect the regulator electrical connector.
    17. Disconnect the remaining wiring from the alternator and remove the alternator
    I know....what a pain !



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