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I have a picture here of the easy way to get to the dreaded vulnerable Nissan Xterra Alternator. It only takes about 5 min to take the tire off and the inner fender well and that gives you one heck of a shot at the alternator! see?


Muzikman has changed one out, and he posted directions here http://www.thenewx.org/forum/15-how-tos/3527-how-2005-xterra-alternator-rebuild-work-progress.html

He can edit this and give you the whole how to and note weather I am onto something here or not. But If I need to change mine, I'm going in this way! MC

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Yeah, getting the alt out is not easy. Maybe taking the innerfender off will help. When I have to change it agani (which I am sure I will) I'll have to give it a try.
 

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LOL I was trying to put you on the spot for a how to! LOL Yea! There is like Loads and loads of room! My Cadillac is the same way, but that is to be expected since it is a NS V8 sidewinder! LOL Seriously though, someone ever does have to do this, (And we all will someday water depending) try this and do a How To! (If it's me I am going to be pissed! LOL) MC
 

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I would like to see a How-To for this. One of these coming weekends, I'm going to follow what directions are available and practice replacing the alternator. I'm also buying an extra one to carry along for extended expeditions. I hope to become good enough at it that I'll easily be able to trail service it.
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One suggestion, buy an extra set of bolts from the alt. It takes three. The heads are really soft and they are on there tight. I started to round the head off one.
 

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syndicate said:
I would like to see a How-To for this. One of these coming weekends, I'm going to follow what directions are available and practice replacing the alternator. I'm also buying an extra one to carry along for extended expeditions. I hope to become good enough at it that I'll easily be able to trail service it.
You are a leader now! Use my access method and Muzikmans directions Do a How to and we will delete mine and put your in. MC
 

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What happend to the links for this?

Did they get lost when the server crashed?
 
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I'd welcome a "how to" on this subject.

My alt is screeching worse that my wife when she finds I've washed her "delicates" with my dirty clothes... :rant:

It goes away after a few mins. Both of them...
 

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It wasn't from the crash, but at some point we lost posts. Don't know when, why or how. I'll try to put the how-to back together, but I am not sure I'll remember everything. Someone soon here I have to replace it again. I'll get all the info then if I forget any.
 

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Awsome. :D
 

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Anybody find a link to the alternator how-to? When you guys replaced your alternators did you replace it with an OEM one, or is there an alternate alternator (say that ten times fast) you recommend.

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Yeah - putting the alternator back in was likely one of my least favorite tasks in the whole world. It is surprisingly frustrating for a seemingly simple task...
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Just be happy ya'll don't own a V-8 or V-10 Touareg. It's an engine drop to replace an alternator though there has been some success going through the wheel well.
 

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old post revival! did anyone figure out if it's easier thru the wheel well?
 

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REMOVAL
1. Disconnect the negative battery terminal.
2. Remove the fan shroud. Refer to CO-14, "REMOVAL" .
3. Remove the drive belt. Refer to EM-14, "Removal" .
4. Remove generator stay, using power tools.
5. Remove the generator upper bolt, using power tools.
6. Disconnect the generator harness connectors.
7. Remove the generator.


that's from fsm. Doesn't say it's a hard job, but am gathering it is and the fsm is leaving something out.
 

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getting it out isn't the worst thing in the world (especially if it's toast and you don't mind hitting it with a hammer to dis-lodge it!) but to get my new one in, i absolutely had to grind a little off the mounting points to get them to fit in with anything less than a pry-bar to wedge it back in there. it sucked. i swore a lot.

having a second person to help you line up the bolts while you hold the alternator in place makes this job 1091203219490273983 times less stressful. that being said, i did it by myself without any serious suicide attempts, so it is doable.
 

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For my 02 model Xterra I found it easy this was to R/R the alternator
1) Remove battery
2) Removal Air filter cover
3) Take off pump end- bottom radiator hose/ radiator end- top radiator hose.
4) Tuck aside as best as one can
5) Remove both plug ins
6) Remove the top, (short), bolt
7) Remove bottom, (longer), bolt, keep fingers on the locking nut on the
back side.
8) take belt off pulley
9) pull unit out and remove the ground wire screw

Then basically followed this in reverse fashion.

Replacement was a bit harder, as there was not much room to work with.

Cheers!
 
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