How to replace the alternator

Tiny
GREGORY HINES
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  • 2006 SATURN VUE
  • 6 CYL
  • AWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 77,000 MILES
How hard is it to replace the alternator?
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Saturday, October 23rd, 2010 AT 11:03 AM

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Tiny
KEN
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Hye GREGORY,

Yes it not to bad to replace the alternator, you must start by disconnecting the battery. Here is a guide and some diagrams to help you get the job done.

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

GENERATOR REPLACEMENT

1. Turn the ignition OFF.

IMPORTANT: Record all pre-set radio stations.

2. Disconnect the negative battery cable.

3. Remove the air cleaner assembly.
4. Remove the accessory drive belt tensioner.
5. Install the engine support fixture.
6. Remove the front of the engine mount through bolt and raise the engine for proper clearance.

7. Disconnect the generator electrical connections.

8. Remove the generator to engine block bolts and the generator.
There's the instruction's it's not that hard.

Please let us know what happens so it will help others

Best, Ken
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Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 AT 6:29 AM
Tiny
JOBRYA1
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  • 2006 SATURN VUE
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How to change it out
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Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 AT 6:29 AM (Merged)
Tiny
RACEFAN966
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Well how much do you need to know? What engine do you have? Get back to me and we will go from there.
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Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 AT 6:29 AM (Merged)
Tiny
SMANUELE
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  • 2003 SATURN VUE
  • 2.2L
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
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  • 180,000 MILES
Can you provide instructions on how to replace the alternator on my car listed above?
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Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 AT 6:30 AM (Merged)
Tiny
SATURNTECH9
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There you go.
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Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 AT 6:30 AM (Merged)
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TURE SJODIN
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  • 2004 SATURN VUE
  • 3.5L
  • V6
  • 2WD
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I am trying to remove alternator I have disconnected motor mount on passenger side I try to lift engine but after an inch or so the front end of car lifts I do not see how I can get more clearance for removing alternator, think remove pulley or roller on tension-er but is it left or right hand thread I use a wrench to lift tension-er but some information on web says only J35A6 is the only engine with left hand thread I am afraid to break it. Do you have any suggestions on how to get a little more room for removal?
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Monday, May 8th, 2017 AT 4:52 PM (Merged)
Tiny
TURE SJODIN
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I was only wondering how to remove because lifting engine did not give me enough room to pull out alternator, so I ended up cutting the corner of the panel behind the headlight approx 2 inch apart and bent it in, it came out and made an easy to replace the new one
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Monday, May 8th, 2017 AT 4:52 PM (Merged)
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KEN
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My guys used to remove the torque mount and use the vehicle to roll the engine forward this gave them enough room to remove he alternator.

Let me know if this works.
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