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This is a discussion on alternator removal within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; i need some help here people....couldn't find a write up on how to remove the alternator..im changing my rack and ...

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    alternator removal

    i need some help here people....couldn't find a write up on how to remove the alternator..im changing my rack and pinion and it says i need to remove the alternator. gettin frustrated

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    Can't remember if I had to remove the bracket for it but its not that bad. Make sure you watch out not to break the plug on top, its extremely fragile

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    Well for starters take your battery cable off so there is not power. Remove the cable from the alternator nut. there is a small bracket behind the alternator that it has one bolt to the alternator and another bolt to the block. Remove this bracket. you can reinstall it after but I don't see I use for it so I never reinstall it back.

    You have to disconnect the red wire plug on top of the alternator. Thats the plug that goes to the PCM. it is a very small wire and easy to break if you dont unplug it before removing the alternator. Is kinda hard to reach the plastic release of the plug. I use a small angled flat screwdriver.



    I can insert and twist the screwdriver behind the plastic relaese and unplug the red wire.
    I have always remove the bracket that holds the alternator. Somehow I can't get the alternator out without removing it. You have 2 bolts that hold the alternator and one for the bracket.

    You should be able to remove the alternator at that point.

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    I'll add that if you do break the thin wire don't sweat it there is a sticky on how you can fix it.
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    and the plug is easy to buy as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tatertot91 View Post
    Can't remember if I had to remove the bracket for it but its not that bad. Make sure you watch out not to break the plug on top, its extremely fragile
    +1 Broke mine this weekend while doing headers and motor mounts, soldered in a splice, I'll find out if it worked when I get my ECM back in. /crosses fingers.

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    Where's the sticky on how to fix this plug? Just replaced my alternator and found this plug without wire, and this wire... without a plug.

    Thanks!

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    Is this what you are referring to?

    Sticky: A Fix if You Break your Alternator Wire Plu

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