How do you get the alternator loose? I have the bottom loose but the top seems wedged in I cant get it to budge to swing it out of the way.Just changed mine last night (2011 4.6 sedan 90,000 miles). Picked one up from AutoZone for $133 plus a $71 core charge. Seemed to be well built and very heavy, same output as the stock alternator. You will need to remove part of the air intake from the top of the motor (10mm bolt and philips screwdriver) so you can get to the tensioner to remove the serpentine belt (19mm wrench). Most all of the work is done underneath the car, remove the two plastic skid plates and disconnect the two wires from your alternator, one is just a quick release plug, other is 12mm nut. Remove the two long 14mm bolts holding the alternator to the alternator bracket. there are two 14mm bolts holding the alternator bracket to the motor that are visible, remove those then slide the alternator out of the way. There are two more 14mm bracket bolts hidden behind the alternator and one more additional 12mm bolt on the front of the alternator bracket (get that one from the top). The bracket may need to be pried a little to get it off the block. Forgot, there is also one 10mm bolt holding a wiring harness to the bracket that will need to be removed. You will have to drop both the alternator and bracket and the same time. Then install new alternator....Make sure you disconnect your battery before starting, i did not and was just real careful to not touch the alternator wire to any other metal surface. Three of the bracket bolts are a real pain to install and remove, I used a small 1" extension on the socket and my fingers to remove them once loose. As removed, the alternator and bracket have to be pushed up at the same time, took a minute, but once you get one bolt started, you should be good. How many miles do you have on yours?
Yes definitely alternatorSo if I get please turn on the engine while using the AV while I’m driving has to be the alternator correct! Eventually I lost power steering and brakes and had to park it and get it towed back to the house.
Thanks for any tips!
Have to do it from underneath. You have little to no room for the middle bracket bolt so use a swivel socket. Also remember pry bar is your friend. Took me 4 hours the first time , napa gave me a bad one so had to do it all over and only took 30min once I knew what I was doing lol.Will attempt to replace it myself any tips or tricks to aid the replacement?
Thanks to all!