alternator replacement removal on 2002 Mitsubishi Montero Sport

Need to replace alternator due to location best way to remove and replace and to releive tension on belt for removal

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I just finished replacing the alternator on my 2002 Mitsubishi Montero Sport 2wd 3.5. My advice take it to a repair shop, this is a very hard alternator to replace. It won't come out the bottom or top, it has to come out by the wheel well. It takes two people to put it back in place, one on the bottom to lift it into place and one to line up and insert the long top bolt. It is well the $75- $100 for someone else to replace , who has a lift and power tools. Just my opinion.
You will first have to remove the power steering and air conditioning belts. Lastly, the alternator belt. All of the adjusters for the belts will be slightly different but with the lower splash shield removed and a flash light, you should be able to see everything.

Next, remove the negative battery terminal/cable from the battery (this will be insure that you don't cause a huge spark, blow a fuse, arch weld :) etc.

At this point, there are two bolts that hold in the alternator and two connectors on the back, one plastic and one more that is a cable bolted on to the alternator. That should be that! Good Luck - BTW, you will have to reset your clock, radio presets, and if the stereo has a code lock out feature you will have to enter in the code to unlock it.

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