Hi Patty!, My name is Dee. I have a bad alternator on my 1997 Chrysler Sebring Lxi (hardtop) and I am going to do my own repair on the alternator. I was wondering if you could give me the correct instructions and possibly tools I would need to change my alternator. Pretty please email me back, within the next few days, if you can right now that would be great.
Thank You for writing in to askpatty. You can go to any parts store and pick up a Chiltons repair manual, for the year, make, and model of your vehicle. This book will walk you through step by step on how to replace your alternator, and sometimes provide visual aids. Make sure that you have a full metric and standard socket and wrench set to use as an aid for tools.
The first thing you should do when replacing an alternator is to disconnect the battery. Then, you are going to need to remove the serpentine belt. Depending on where your alternator is located, you may or may not need to move other components out of your way. Then, it is usually as simple as a couple of bolts holding the alternator in. You should be able to complete the job with a serpentine belt removal tool (or sometimes you can use a ratchet and/or socket) and a basic socket or wrench set. Always be careful when working on your vehicle and if you
〉 Answered on Jan 17th, 2008 by Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management