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How to replace the alternator in a Pontiac Grand AM SE ?

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Very awful alternator to change. you have to take off the serpentine belt manually, and what i mean by that is that there is no bolt to torque the tensioner. so i just used a crowbar and had a buddy pull it off while i shoved it down with the crowbar. next (and make sure there's no power going to or from the battery) take off the plastic shroud that goes up to the windshield. disconnect wire clip, take off the (i believe) two bolts and reverse procedure to install.

the job is just bad. it's very tight, and unnecessary. just put the biggest bolt that goes into the block in first. It makes the new alternator go on a lot smoother, but it won't be that smooth regardless.

Posted on Jan 08, 2011

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