Its not easy i wont lie to u i have a 2002 kia rio and ive removed the alternator 6 times the real trick is to take ur front passenger tire off and jack the car up high enough to have some wiggle room underneath. when u disconnect everything, youll want to face the alternator pretty much upside down and u just have to wiggle it out past your drive shaft and control arm
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Carefully remove the bolts at the rear of the steering wheel and remove the plastic covering then you should be able to disconnect the wiring and then the steering wheel, you may need a puller assembly if the steering wheel is difficult to remove
The alternator is held by two bolts one at the top for ajustment and one at the bottom disconnect the power supply ,loosen the top bolt and move alternator to release tension on the belt so it can be removed then remove both top and bottom bolts you should then be able to lift it out.
an alternator has no certain life. it all depends on the load and etc, when running it should read at least be14-15 volts at battery, when off it should be at least 13-14 at battery. after a while the bearings or regulator in alternator may go but, this is life.
The battery is only use to start the car, once the car is moving the alternator takes over and charges the battery. I sounds like the alternator is bad. You take the alternator to Napa, Auto Zone or Advance auto part and have them check it for you.
Two large bolts secure the bench in place. Remove them. Three large bolts sechur the backrest in place. Remove them. Lift the backrest up until it unhooks from the three supports near the top. You will the be able to remove the plastic panels leading to the trunk. They are secured with small plastic retainers. Good luck. Takes about 15 minutes.