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How do you take off 1996 Monte Carlo alternator?


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Answered 2011-09-12 22:20:27

I have taken the alternator out of a 96 montecarlo with the 3.4 motor successfuly without dropping the engine cradle,disconnecting the steering gear or moving the exhaust like described by many. undo the baterry. unbolt the lug nuts and the axle nut with a 36mm axle socket and breaker bar.remove the splash guard and plastic inner fenderwell.remove the brake caliper and mounting bracket.hang caliper out of the way without stressing the rubber brake line.most likely need to torch out the bolts with a breaker bar for the caliper mounting braket.torch the metal around the bolt as the heat will make the metal expand helping to loosten the bolts.remove the brake rotor. unbolt the four mounting bolts for the wheel/hub assembly from the rear pocket of the steering knuckle. make sure your ratchet does not sit at an angle when removing the bottom two bolts as this will snap the heads off.disconnect the two plugs from the wheel speed sensor. the sensor is pinned in to the back of the steering knuckle and wheel hub assembly, pinning the knuckle in between the sensor and the wheel hub.once the wheel hub bolts have been removed pry the assembly loose from the knuckle working carefully to pry the hub from the sensor pins.unbolt the sway bar end fom the control arm. loosten the control arm bolts. remove the cotter pins and castle nuts off the ball joints and tie rod ends. place a ball joint/tie rod remover(pickle fork)in between the tie rod/balljoint and the control arm.hammer the fork until they break free and the control arm drops. use a two or three jaw puller to separate the wheel hub assembly from the axle halfshaft. the steering knuckle and shock tower are one unit and can be removed by posistioning a jack or support under it to support the unit as it will drop out after unbolting the assembly from the three bolts located under the hood take note of posistion of the strut tower and cover. drop the tower assembly down from the car and remove the shield from the trans that sits above the axle. use a slide hammer and adapter to remove the axle from the trans by fist putting the adapter behind the axle in between the trans and then screwing in the hammer and hamerin out the axle. release the tension on the belt using a serpentine belt tool and remove the belt. undo the top mounting bolt for the alternator using the serpentine tool to break the top bolt loose continue removing from the underside.undo the bottom pivot bolt,pull bolt out to fender and slide the alternator to the left as there is a slot cut in the mounting braket to allow the bolt to be removed. be carefull not to loose the spacer and take note of its location prior to removal.lower the alternator carefully supporting it as you unplug and unbolt the connections.maneuver alternator out as well as the cooling duct attached to it. if there is no cooling duct this could be the problem because of the location of the alternator its is imparitive that it is cooled down and not overheated by the trans or engine

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