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Old 07-16-11, 01:27 PM
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Can someone please give me some advice on the easiest way to replacing alternator on 96 GMC sonoma 2.2 liter just looking it seems it may be hard to get to bolts.
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Old 07-16-11, 01:33 PM
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Autozone has the procedure....not sure if the link works unless you log in.
| Repair Guides | Charging System | Alternator | AutoZone.com

Here's the written part

"Disconnect the negative battery cable.

Raise and support the front of the vehicle, then remove the passenger side tire and wheel assembly for access to the rear of the alternator through the wheel well.

Working through the wheel well, unfasten the alternator brace-to-block bolt, then remove the brace-to-intake nut and the brace-to-engine stud nut.

Unplug the alternator wiring connector, then remove the battery terminal nut and wire.

Carefully release the serpentine belt tension and remove the belt from the alternator pulley. Do not allow the tensioner to snap back into position once the belt is off the pulley.

Loosen the alternator retaining bolts, then support the alternator and remove the fasteners. Remove the alternator from the vehicle."
 
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Old 07-18-11, 10:35 AM
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How do i keep the tensioner from snapping back in place. Thanks
 
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Old 07-18-11, 10:41 AM
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I think they mean just don't release it suddenly...ease it back in position. Then when you reinstall you'll pull it back, slip on the belt and ease it back into tension.

Prob if you let it snap back the spring inside could come out of position.
 
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Old 07-18-11, 02:47 PM
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What Vic said; remove tension, remove belt, carefully let off tensioner until it hits its stop. If you loose grip on the wrench or breaker bar that you are using, you're liable to put a hole in something (or someone) and the stationary part of the tensioner might do an imitation of a grenade. Key point is to make sure the wrench is firmly on the tensioner bolt (or the 1/2" square hole if it's that type) and that you keep a firm grip on it.
 
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Old 07-18-11, 07:06 PM
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Thanks for all the help from everyone will make changing this alternator more easier.
 
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