1997 Cadillac SLS Alternator

  • V8
  • FWD
  • 120,000 MILES
How do I remove and replace the alternator on a 1997 Cadillac SLS?
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Monday, June 29th, 2009 AT 10:32 PM

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Here is the GM procedure, it sometimes helps to remove the RH cooling fan as well.

Generator Replacement
Removal Procedure
Disconnect the negative battery cable. Refer to
Caution: Unless directed otherwise, the ignition and start switch must be in the OFF or LOCK position, and all electrical loads must be OFF before servicing any electrical component. Disconnect the negative battery cable to prevent an electrical spark should a tool or equipment come in contact with an exposed electrical terminal. Failure to follow these precautions may result in personal injury and/or damage to the vehicle or its components.

For Vehicles equipped with OnStar (UE1) with Back Up Battery:

The Back Up Battery is a redundant power supply to allow limited OnStar functionality in the event of a main vehicle battery power disruption to the VCIM (OnStar module). Do not disconnect the main vehicle battery or remove the OnStar fuse with the ignition key in any position other than OFF. Retained accessory power (RAP) should be allowed to time out or be disabled (simply opening the driver door should disable RAP) before disconnecting power. Disconnecting power to the OnStar module in any way while the ignition is On or with RAP activated may cause activation of the OnStar Back-Up Battery (BUB) system and will discharge and permanently damage the back-up battery. Once the Back-Up Battery is activated it will stay on until it has completely discharged. The BUB is not rechargeable and once activated the BUB must be replaced.

In General Information.
Remove the accessory drive belt. Refer to Drive Belt Replacement.
Remove the upper front bolt.
Raise and suitably support the vehicle.
Remove the front engine splash shield.
Remove the radiator support access panel.

Loosen the rear generator bracket from the engine.
Remove the top bolt.
Remove the front lower mounting bolt.
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Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 AT 12:43 AM

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