How to Replace the Alternator in a Volvo XC

Written by carl pruit
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The motor of the Volvo XC sits in the engine compartment sideways, with the belts facing the passenger's side of the vehicle. The alternator is fairly easy to access, but it is in a tight area, near the front of the vehicle, on the passenger's side. Because of this, it will take some manoeuvring and patience to get it out of the engine. The Volvo XC uses a serpentine belt with a tensioner pulley to loosen the alternator belt. Save time and money, by replacing the alternator at home.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Open-end wrench
  • Socket wrench set
  • Nut driver

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    Removing the Alternator

  1. 1

    Remove the negative battery cable of the Volvo XC from the battery post with an open-end wrench, to prevent electric shock, while replacing the alternator. The alternator is behind the front grill, on the passenger's side of the engine compartment.

  2. 2

    Find the tensioner pulley, located on the passenger's side of the engine, to the left of the alternator. Use a socket wrench to loosen the bolt in the centre of the tensioner pulley, to remove the tension from the serpentine belt.

  3. 3

    Loosen the tension on the serpentine belt, until you can remove the belt from the alternator pulley. Take the belt off the alternator pulley, and set it aside.

  4. 4

    Unfasten the bolts that are securing the alternator to the engine and alternator bracket with a socket wrench. Slide the bolts out of the alternator and bracket.

  5. 5

    Disconnect the electrical wiring plug from the side of the alternator socket by hand. Remove the electrical wiring connector from the alternator, unfastening the nut with a nut driver.

  6. 6

    Lift the alternator off the bracket and out of the engine compartment, and set it aside.

    Replacing the Alternator

  1. 1

    Position the new alternator on the alternator bracket, and secure it to the bracket and engine with bolts. Attach the electrical wiring connector to the alternator with the nut.

  2. 2

    Connect the electrical wiring plug into the socket in the side of the alternator by hand. Place the serpentine belt around the alternator pulley, and verify that it is in line with the other pulleys.

  3. 3

    Apply tension to the alternator belt, by tightening the bolt on the tensioner pulley. Connect the negative battery cable to the battery post of the Volvo XC.

Tips and warnings

  • To avoid burn injuries, always let the Volvo XC engine cool down, before attempting to replace the alternator.

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