1997 Buick Skylark Access To Alternator Charging Posts

Tiny
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  • 1997 BUICK SKYLARK
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 148,000 MILES
I am trying to upgrade my alternators existing charging and ground wires.

The alternator has a black cooling shroud on the back covering the posts i need to access.

The shroud seems removable, but the rear mounting bar is directly behind the shroud effectively blocking removale of the shroud.

I dont think removing the rear mounting bar (1 of 3 mounting bars) while the alt belt is under tension is a good idea.

So I believe i need release tension on the belt and remove the alternator to gain accsess to the posts.

Or can I just pop the shroud off....?

I think I know what needs to be done, but a step by step guide would be very much appreciated.

Pictures are supplied

Please help

Thanks Very much

P4Killer


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Saturday, May 15th, 2010 AT 2:38 PM

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Tiny
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First of all thank you so much for your donation. What model skylark do you have and ill get you the information you need.
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Monday, May 17th, 2010 AT 6:17 PM
Tiny
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Its a 1997 skylark gran sport 3.1 v6

also I figured it out, but if a may ask a different question instead

i was reinstalling the alternator,
the cooling shroud wouldnt fit properly
i realized the shroud has a tab that secures to the underside of the alternator

i was attempting to pop the tab into the correct position with my screwdriver

my screwdriver slipped and I slipped and shorted the alternator charging post against the engine block

sparks flew

i should add that the negative battery terminal was DISCONNECTED the entire time.

I had to leave for work so, I reinstalled the alternator

i checked the voltage at the front battery while the car was running and the voltage read 14.2v which should be normal

is it possible I didnt damage the alternator?
How can I test it?

I have a very high power audio system installed and the voltage meter in the car reads normal 14.5- 14.2v while driving

i played my system at full tilt, and experienced normal voltage drop

is my alt ok did I get lucky, or am I in trouble?
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Monday, May 17th, 2010 AT 11:06 PM
Tiny
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To test the alternator you can start the car let it idle turn your head lights on high beams on turn on your a/c on and see what your voltage is. Let me know what your voltage is sounds like your ok though.
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Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 AT 12:09 AM
Tiny
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Will do first thing in the morning, thanks for the prompt reply
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Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 AT 12:28 AM
Tiny
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Well, with the car running at about 1k rpms
parked in the drive,

lights n high beams on
a/c on
stereo up a little bit, my voltage in car reads 14.6 back at the amplifier

voltage at front battery under the hood read 14.6

i took the alternator out and am running it up to autozone right now

what do you think?
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Tuesday, May 18th, 2010 AT 9:46 AM

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