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How to change the alternator?? - 1996 Buick Park Avenue

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    • Hi ! Here is how to change your alternator:
    • 1
    Open the hoodto access the engine compartment. Unscrew the battery cables from the batteryterminals with a socket wrench.
    • 2
    Locate thealternator on the front of the engine. The engine is side-mounted so thealternator will be pointing towards the passenger's side fender on the top leftcorner. Then locate the tensioner pulley under the alternator.
    • 3
    Insert a baresocket into the square hole on the tensioner pulley. Loosen the tensionerpulley with the socket wrench by pushing the tensioner down to loosen the belt.Remove the belt from the alternator pulley.
    • 4
    Disconnect thewiring at the top of the alternator by pulling off the harness. The remainingwiring will be attached to a stud. Unscrew the stud with a socket wrench thenpull off the wiring.
    • 5
    Unscrew thethree bolts with a socket wrench that secure the alternator to the mountingbracket. There is one bolt on top, one on the bottom and one on the right-handside of the alternator. Pull the alternator out of the mounting bracket.
    • 6
    Position thenew alternator into the mounting bracket. Start threading the three bolts byhand. Tighten the bolts with the socket wrench once all the bolts are started.
    • 7
    Push theboot-shaped wiring harness onto the new alternator. It will lock into placewith a click. Unscrew the nut on the stud with the socket wrench then place theremaining wiring lead onto the stud. Tighten the nut over the wiring with thesocket wrench.
    • 8
    Loosen thetensioner pulley by pushing it down with the bare socket wrench. Place the beltover the alternator pulley then release the socket wrench. The tensioner willautomatically tighten the belt.
    • 9
    Connect thepositive and negative cables on the battery. Tighten the cables with the socketwrench.
    • 10
    Start the carto test the new alternator. Allow the car to run for five to 10 minutes. Shutthe car off and let it sit for an hour. Attempt to start the car. If the carstarts, then the alternator is working correctly. Close the hood when done.

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