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I need more amp output from my alternator and will be enhancing it. Anyone know the best way of removing the damn thing. I looked under the hood and it is down at the bottom. It appears like it could come up. I don't know. But a mechanic friend of mine told me to take my patience pills because it will come out.

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I did mine from under the car... broke my thumb doing it, but hey... :smile:

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I did mine from under the car... broke my thumb doing it, but hey... :smile:

I read the Haynes book and it did in fact say it comes out from the bottom. Remove the front transverse crossmember first. I don't know the level of difficulty or tools you will need though. If it is not that hard I would like to try and remove it though. I have some competition amplifiers from MTX that I would love to install.

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I did mine from under the car... broke my thumb doing it, but hey... :smile:

I read the Haynes book and it did in fact say it comes out from the bottom. Remove the front transverse crossmember first. I don't know the level of difficulty or tools you will need though. If it is not that hard I would like to try and remove it though. I have some competition amplifiers from MTX that I would love to install.

I didn't remove the cross member... and that's what I smashed my thumb on... B) so I'd suggest takin' it out... BTW... I did this at 11PM when it was 30 degrees out and I did it in about an hour... that includes jumping around and cussing out my thumb for breaking

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The manual calls for the alternator to be removed from under the car.
However, its actually far simpler to remove it from the top. Make sure the engine is cooled off. The only tricky part is finding the bolt under the alternator. Feel around and locate it first. Easy job.

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The manual calls for the alternator to be removed from under the car.
However, its actually far simpler to remove it from the top. Make sure the engine is cooled off. The only tricky part is finding the bolt under the alternator. Feel around and locate it first. Easy job.

there's an intake manifold in the way! I tried to get at it from the top but I could barely get my arms down there to loosen the tensioner bolt...

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Maybe he meant the V6, I dunno.

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It doesn't matter which way you decide to get the alternator on the '93-'97 models; we don't have a reciever/drier to fight with and can also change the oil filter from there as well. The '98 and newer alternator has to be changed from the bottom, hands down. along with the filter. Our reciever/drier sits behind the grill in front of the car and have no other worries from it as far as basic maintenence goes. As far as that bolt goes, it takes practice and a racheting wrench to get that bolt from the top perfectly

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It doesn't matter which way you decide to get the alternator on the '93-'97 models; we don't have a reciever/drier to fight with and can also change the oil filter from there as well. The '98 and newer alternator has to be changed from the bottom, hands down. along with the filter. Our reciever/drier sits behind the grill in front of the car and have no other worries from it as far as basic maintenence goes. As far as that bolt goes, it takes practice and a racheting wrench to get that bolt from the top perfectly

w3rd... I was gonna say... no way in HELL my alternator was comin' out the top with the intake manifold still on...




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