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    pimpincaddystyle is offline Cadillac Owners Member
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    replacing an alternator

    hey im tryin to replace the alternator on my 96 sts and havin a little trouble.. i assume u have to take out the radiator...but im havin trouble gettin the rear bolt by the exhause manifold...any suggestions?

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    Re: replacing an alternator

    I am not sure of the 1996 year, but usually there is no need to remove the radiator.

    The alternator is removed from the bottom not the top.

    Disconnect the negative terminal of the battery before attempting to remove the alternator.

    Remove the plastic beauty panel that covers the radiator area.

    Relax the tension on the serpentine belt and slip it off the alternator pulley only.

    Remove the power lead from the alternator.

    Place a piece of cardboard against the back face of the radiator to protect it from punctures.

    From the bottom of the car, below the alternator area there is a small metal cover that needs to be removed.

    Remove alternator bolts. The alternator bolt from the front of the bracket, near the exhaust manifold, cannot be completely removed from the bracket. Just unscrew it and leave it in place.

    After the alternator is loose, maneuver it out the hole; be careful the radiator does not get damaged during this process.


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