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Old 07-30-2015, 02:53 PM
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Hairout changing alternator on 2012 chevy traverse

my wifes alternator on her traverse went out this week. Repair shops want $1200 to replace. This blew my mind! Does anyone happen to know where I can find instructions or a video on how to do it myself??

I want to know what Im getting into before I start taking things apart. It looks really hard to get to
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Old 07-30-2015, 03:03 PM
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Id do a google search for it... never seen a job that there wasnt a video on youtube or full writeup somewhere.
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Old 07-30-2015, 03:11 PM
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Id do a google search for it... never seen a job that there wasnt a video on youtube or full writeup somewhere.
thats what I thought too! searched for an hour before I posted on here. Best I found was how to change the belt. Im biting the bullet. no more new tackle for me for a while.
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Old 07-30-2015, 03:12 PM
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shouldnt be that hard to change an alternator... take a pic of the front of the engine compartment
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Old 07-30-2015, 03:13 PM
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shouldnt be that hard to change an alternator... take a pic of the front of the engine compartment
from what the shops are telling me, you have to pull the radiator out
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Old 07-30-2015, 03:14 PM
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go to autozone or oreilly and buy this book
http://www.haynes.com/products/productID/989
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Old 07-30-2015, 03:12 PM
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what burns my *** the most is it used to be so easy to change the alternator. I had a 94 f150 in college, and I changed that sucker out in a 2 hrs, and that was back when I was a dumbass
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Old 07-30-2015, 03:14 PM
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Thats crazy...
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Old 07-30-2015, 03:21 PM
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Most radiators are fairly easy to change/remove out.

Check Youtube..... usually there is a video that cover most things.

On most trucks, it is located on the bottom of the engine, and hardest part is lifting the starter up with one arm and then getting a bolt started.
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Old 07-30-2015, 03:31 PM
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$1,200 to change an alternator?? Holy crap! I swear they design vehicles now to where you have to bring them in just to change the battery. No more weekend shade tree mechanicin'.
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Old 07-30-2015, 03:49 PM
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I gave up. Id rather pay the money than bloody my knuckles, curse, sweat and cry in 100 degree weather this weekend. Im going buy that book though for the next time!!!
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Old 07-30-2015, 04:04 PM
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now im free to fish the tourney!!
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Old 07-30-2015, 04:23 PM
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Try the mom and pop, off the beaten path repair shops. Sometimes the savings can be substantial.
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I use to work at a mechanic shop. of you didn't get it done yet I can take a look at. but that price is SKY HIGH. I'm in lafayette and can probably change it tomorrow afternoon.

that's a Mortal Combat finishing move they are about to do to your pocket book.
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Old 07-30-2015, 09:56 PM
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I thought I posted. That is a $275-$325 job. You don't have to take the Radiator out, maybe the radiator fan, that is a few bolts. They can probably do it from underneath with a lift. I would check other things on the serpentine belt, I change the water pump every time a belt comes off one of my vehicles, oh, and get a new belt.

Don't pay $1200.
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Old 07-30-2015, 10:06 PM
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I'll do it for ya
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Old 07-31-2015, 08:20 AM
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I'll do it for ya
Damn! I had to make the call by 4:30 so I could order the part from another source and have it here today. Wife needs her car. Next time Ill check with you first, would much rather give you my money than some shop. Lesson learned
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Old 07-31-2015, 01:18 PM
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Guys, call me!!!! I've got data on every major manufacturer out there through Alldata.
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Old 07-31-2015, 02:24 PM
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Guys, call me!!!! I've got data on every major manufacturer out there through Alldata.
Damnit! im not looking at this thread anymore. haha
Next time I will call you first! and then Alphaman if I still cant do it
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Hey guys I am having the same issue with my alternator... What is the best way to get to the Alternator
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