Alternator replacement

Tiny
MELLOW420
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  • 2004 CHRYSLER PT CRUISER
  • 110,000 MILES
I need to know the easiest way to remove the alternator. From my 2004 PT Cruiser, I heard ir can be removed from the wheel well if you jack it up and remove the plastic well. Is this true? I can't afford a mechanic right now.

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Saturday, September 21st, 2013 AT 5:02 AM

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Tiny
HMAC300
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The alternator comes out from the bottom so you will need to raise the car up safely first.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/jack-up-and-lift-your-car-safely

Then disconnect the battery. Here is a guide to help you see what you are in for when doing the job.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-replace-an-alternator

Below are diagrams and instructions of what it will be like on your car Remove the air cleaner lid, disconnect the inlet air sensor and makeup air hose.
Disconnect the negative battery cable to start. Check out the diagrams (Below). Please let us know if you need anything else to get the problem fixed.
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Saturday, September 21st, 2013 AT 5:54 AM
Tiny
MELLOW420
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Thank you for your quick reply, Seems Chrysler went way out of their way to make sure you would have to take this car to the service center to be repaired. A lot of over design if you ask me.

Thanks Again
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Saturday, September 21st, 2013 AT 10:32 AM
Tiny
CFOOTE1969
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I have found that if you remove the heat shield the alternator can be removed without dropping the motor or without removing the axle and it takes about 20 minutes to get it out
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Wednesday, March 14th, 2018 AT 12:12 PM
Tiny
KEN L
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Great tip. In these cars many things are hard to get to but I still like the car.

Use 2CarPros anytime, we are here to help. Please tell a friend.

Cheers, Ken
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Saturday, March 17th, 2018 AT 11:32 AM
Tiny
DEBDEB10
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  • 2003 CHRYSLER PT CRUISER
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How to replace alternator
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Thursday, May 13th, 2021 AT 10:44 AM (Merged)
Tiny
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See pics make sure to read both pics second one is a tip from mechanics
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Thursday, May 13th, 2021 AT 10:44 AM (Merged)

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