How to Remove an Intrepid Alternator

Written by jeffrey caldwell
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The alternator on a Dodge Intrepid serves the important function of generating electrical energy to supply accessories such as the headlights and radio. The alternator also replenishes the vehicle's battery, which allows the vehicle to start easily when the driver turns the key. Over time, the bearings inside the alternator can wear out and reduce the efficiency of the unit. An Intrepid's owner can remove the alternator with only a few simple tools and an hour or two to work.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Socket set
  • Wrench set
  • Automotive jack
  • Jack stands
  • Plastic wire ties

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Instructions

    3.3-Liter Engine

  1. 1

    Disconnect the ground cable from the battery's negative post. Begin by loosening the ground cable clamp's retaining bolt, using a socket. Then pull the clamp off the post.

  2. 2

    Unplug the generator field connector plug from the bottom of the backside of the alternator by pulling the plastic connector out with your hand.

  3. 3

    Unscrew the nut that secures the B+ terminal wire on the back of the alternator, using a socket. Then pull the ring terminal off the stud.

  4. 4

    Loosen but do not remove the adjusting T-bolt on the top of the alternator mounting bracket, using a wrench.

  5. 5

    Loosen but do not remove the pivot bolt using a wrench. It will be located just below the T-bolt.

  6. 6

    Lift the drive belt off the alternator.

  7. 7

    Unscrew the T-bolt, pivot bolt and mounting bolt, using a socket. Lift the alternator out of the engine bay and remove it from the vehicle.

    3.5-Liter Engine

  1. 1

    Disconnect the ground cable from the negative battery terminal. Begin by loosening the retaining bolt using a socket. Then pull the clamp off the terminal.

  2. 2

    Loosen but do not remove the alternator mounting and pivot bolts, using a socket.

  3. 3

    Loosen but do not remove the alternator dive belt adjusting bolt, using a socket.

  4. 4

    Lift the drive belt off the alternator pulley.

  5. 5

    Unscrew the alternator mounting bolts, using a socket.

  6. 6

    Lift the alternator away from the engine with your hands.

  7. 7

    Pull the field circuit plug from the back of the alternator using your hand.

  8. 8

    Unscrew the nut that secures the B+ terminal wire to the alternator, using a socket. Then pull the ring terminal off the stud.

  9. 9

    Remove the alternator from the vehicle.

    2.7-Liter Engine

  1. 1

    Disconnect the ground cable from the negative battery terminal. Begin by loosening the retaining bolt using a socket. Then pull the clamp off the terminal.

  2. 2

    Loosen the idler pulley located just above and to the left of the alternator pulley. Loosen but do not remove the locknut on the face of the pulley, using a wrench. Then turn the adjuster bolt located just behind the idler pulley counterclockwise until the tension is released. Then pull the belt off the alternator pulley.

  3. 3

    Raise the front of the Intrepid by positioning an automotive jack underneath the front cross member and lifting the vehicle. Support the front of the Intrepid with jack stands placed under the front frame rails.

  4. 4

    Unscrew the screws that secure the plastic splash shield to the bottom of the engine bay using a socket. Remove the splash shield from underneath the vehicle.

  5. 5

    Unscrew the screws that secure the power steering fluid cooler to the chassis. Move the cooler away from the alternator and secure it to the frame using plastic wire ties. Do not put any stress on the hydraulic lines.

  6. 6

    Unscrew the bolts that secure the radiator core support cross member to the frame. Remove the cross member and support the radiator with jack stands.

  7. 7

    Pull the field terminal connector from the back of the alternator.

  8. 8

    Unscrew the nut that secures the output wire to the back of the alternator, using a socket. Then pull the ring terminal off the stud.

  9. 9

    Unscrew the mounting bolts that secure the alternator to the engine. Lower the alternator away from the engine and remove it from the vehicle.

Tips and warnings

  • Most alternators can be rebuilt, but it is usually more cost-effective to replace your alternator with a new or remanufactured unit.
  • Always disconnect the ground cable from the battery before servicing any part of the vehicle's electrical system. Failure to do so could cause electric shock.

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