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.::DuD3::.
05-24-2005, 08:48 PM
i know it depends on where its located on the engine, but mines easy to reach. dont have too much experience, wondering if maybe something i could do on my own?

AznRevlAzn
05-24-2005, 08:50 PM
usualy it's a bolt on, then you hook on the timing belt, reattatch the wire from the positive terminal tot he alternator (recommend using a 0gauge if your upgrading)

Expy2000
05-24-2005, 08:51 PM
Mine is fairly EZ to reach, and their is lots of open space to move around..

I would say a 4 on a scale of 1 - 10.. for my Ford..


:)

ngsm13
05-24-2005, 08:51 PM
Piece of cake, at least in my truck. With three tools (Two wrenches, on nut driver) I can have mine off and changed in less than 15 minutes ;)

NG

.::DuD3::.
05-24-2005, 10:28 PM
the local merchants was gonna charge like almost $250 for another basic alt for my maro, i was like wtf.

prioracy
05-24-2005, 10:30 PM
i had to put one in for a friend on a toyota corrolla, and from 1-10, i give it a 9, they don't give you much space to work with.......

Polecat
05-25-2005, 05:50 PM
the local merchants was gonna charge like almost $250 for another basic alt for my maro, i was like wtf.
just for the alt, or just for installation?

ballstothewall
05-25-2005, 06:28 PM
When I replaced the one in my S-10, it took me under 30 min. to complete, and I dicked around alot. I would rate it a 2 on a scale of 1-10.

Later

-Ryan

Storm90
05-30-2005, 01:19 AM
I haven't did mine but it would take a while, b/c i drive a mazda mx-6 and the alt is almost at the bottom of the engine.

Prowler573
05-30-2005, 02:04 PM
i know it depends on where its located on the engine, but mines easy to reach. dont have too much experience, wondering if maybe something i could do on my own?
On some vehicles it's pretty easy. On others it's a major undertaking. I had an Isuzu Stylus once (horrible little car...wouldn't own another if it were GIVEN to me) and to get at the alternator you had to remove a motor mount and pull it out from underneath the car.

If yours is easily reached then it shouldn't be any big deal. Just be certain after you replace it to get the belt tension right if your car doesn't have an automatic tensioner (sp?)