It's easier to drop it down the bottom behind the cross member.
The most common failure is worn brushes and those can be replaced rather easily without taking the alternator off the engine. I did it twice to install "bugs" for my students to diagnose. Just remove the wires, then the nuts for the stamped rear cover. The brush assembly is held on with three small bolts.
Thursday, November 6th, 2014 AT 4:17 PM