Can you please tell me how I can replace the alternator on my 1992 Diamante. It is located near the front on the driver's side. Is it hard to do and do you suggest I take it to a repair shop?
It's not very difficult to change an alternator. First, make sure you have the correct replacement part since your car will be inoperable for a while during the repair. Then, disconnect the battery (always negative cable first). Remove the belt (usually done by relieving pressure from the tensioner). Then, disconnect any wires or cables going to the alternator (make note of where they go so you can re-install). Unbolt the alternator. Most models have only two bolts that attach. Some might have more (3 or 4), depending on the style. Then, reinstall in the reverse order. Start with the alternator, then the alternator cables, then the belt, and finally the battery.
Bob, The Auto Answer Man
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