If a car makes a squealing noise after the alternator has been replaced, it often needs the serpentine belt or belt tensioner replaced. Continuing to drive the car without repairing the problem often causes early failure... More »

Places to find tutorials for replacing car alternators include the websites for Pep Boys, Advance Auto Parts and Mobil Oil. The CDX eTextbook also provides a comprehensive tutorial and for a video tutorial on alternator ... More »

Common signs of a failing alternator include an illuminated warning light on the dashboard, dimming lights during the vehicle's operation, and a constantly dead battery. Many auto parts stores can test an alternator for ... More »

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To remove an alternator, remove the serpentine belt and any parts blocking access to the alternator, and then disconnect the wires and bolts connected to the part. You need a mechanic's tool set and an air-powered ratche... More »

To change an alternator, disconnect the battery, remove the serpentine belt, disconnect electrical connections from the alternator, unbolt the alternator, and replace it with a new one. Plug in the battery, and test the ... More »

A serpentine belt is a rubber belt with a ribbed side that drives vital vehicle components, such as the alternator, power steering, water pump, air conditioning and many other accessories in a vehicle. As a serpentine be... More »

A car alternator is an aluminum piece of equipment attached to a car engine's crankshaft by a drive belt. When the crankshaft begins turning after the engine is ignited, it rotates the drive belt, which forces the altern... More »