Alternator replacement

Tiny
MELLOW420
  • 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
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Hello,

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.

Loosen the upper generator T-bolt lock nut. See Fig

Raise vehicle

Remove the right front wheel

Remove the accessory drive splash shield. See Fig

Remove the pencil strut. See Fig

Loosen the lower pivot bolt. See Fig

Loosen the accessory drive belt T-bolt.

Unplug field circuit from generator. See Fig

Remove the B+ terminal nut and wire.

Remove the generator belt.

Remove the axle retaining nut.

Remove the lower control arm from steering knuckle.

Remove axle shaft.

Put a container under the transmission to catch the transmission fluid from the transmission.

Remove the generator lower mounting bolt and nut from the upper T-bolt.

Remove generator out the bottom. See Fig

You should test the alternator once completed.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-a-car-alternator

this video shows how to change the belt as well.

https://youtu.be/l8hT2aSbhts

Please let us know what happens.

Cheers,

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Saturday, September 21st, 2013 AT 5:54 AM
Tiny
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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
TENNIS1953
  • 2003 CHRYSLER PT CRUISER
  • 161,000 MILES

How do you replace an alternator on a 2003 ptcruiser

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Thursday, September 28th, 2017 AT 4:27 PM (Merged)
Tiny
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Which engine do you have?

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Thursday, September 28th, 2017 AT 4:27 PM (Merged)
Tiny
DEBDEB10
  • 2003 CHRYSLER PT CRUISER
  • 4 CYL
  • 2WD

How to replace alternator

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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, September 28th, 2017 AT 4:27 PM (Merged)
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STEVEBANANA
  • 2005 CHRYSLER PT CRUISER
  • 2.2L
  • 2WD
  • MANUAL
  • 100,000 MILES

The alternator on our PT cruiser diesel has failed. Am trying to get a replacement (used not so easy in the UK!). I am trying to get the spec of existing and compare to one which has been offered. The body is same shape, but back plastic cowling and wiring connections different. Any chance of finding out spec of varients/wiring connections for the one offered and compatibility? Offered one comes from a 2002 diesel. Images attached of existing and possible replacement. The replacement has twin outlet and additional spade terminal visible. Ours has single spade(unmarked) plus connections on 2 threaded posts marked as B+ and D+
Any help appreciated!

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Thursday, September 28th, 2017 AT 4:27 PM (Merged)
Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Hi:
This vehicle with the diesel engine is not available here in N. America. Therefore, I have nothing as far as specs. Based on your description, it sounds like you have gotten an alternator for a gas US version of the vehicle which will not work for your vehicle.

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Thursday, September 28th, 2017 AT 4:27 PM (Merged)
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2. Hours plus.5 diag time

Roy

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Thursday, September 28th, 2017 AT 4:27 PM (Merged)
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TROYBOY007
  • 2005 CHRYSLER PT CRUISER
  • 2.4L
  • 4 CYL
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 151 MILES

Replaced alternator battery light was on still and when we started the car it backfired is it due to a problem with the battery or is it something else please help as we need the car ASAP!

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Check condition of battery including load test auto parts /tire stores do for free check the things I've pointed to in pic

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