How to Remove an Alternator From a Chevy Venture Van

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How to Remove an Alternator From a Chevy Venture Van
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When your Chevy Venture van dies and the battery is fine, there is a good chance the alternator is dead. The alternator rotates while the van is running and keeps the battery charged, the spark plugs firing and various other key components working. The volt warning light will come on in your Chevy Venture dashboard when the computer detects the alternator is failing.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Wrench set

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Remove the keys from the ignition and let the Venture's engine cool for several hours. Open the bonnet on the van's engine compartment.

  2. 2

    Use a wrench to unscrew the black cable from the battery located on the front, right side of the engine.

  3. 3

    Use a wrench to unscrew the black cable from the side of the alternator located on the back, left side of the engine.

  4. 4

    Unscrew the red cable from the side of the alternator with a wrench.

  5. 5

    Place a wrench on the centre bolt of the spring tension pulley below the alternator. Push down on the pulley to relieve tension in the serpentine belt. Slip the belt off the alternator pulley.

  6. 6

    Unscrew the two bolts holding the base of the alternator to the engine block. Remove the alternator.

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