Hello all. My 2002 Sedona is currently sitting in my driveway with my alternator about 75% out. This seems like a good place to post up some info since you're info has been kind enough to get me to this point.
Car electronics went nuts last night, then died. Had it towed to dealer, researched and found the alternator info on the web. Classic symptoms. Car has 61500 miles on it, I called Kia and the dealership called Kia, the local rep would not budge on the 60K warranty, it would not be covered at all. Dealer quoted $800 to replace it.
I'm pretty handy with a wrench, and from this thread it didn't look too bad. So, I had the dealer replace the battery and teh positive terminal which was crap. Ordered an alternator online, overnight delivery, hopefully tomorrow it'll be in and I'll be done.
(in US $)
I could have done the battery myself but figured the markup at the dealer wouldn't be that bad, and the car would be ready for me to bring home tonight after work. So, I've gotten started, left out a few steps, should have checked the thread again before starting. Anyways, if anyone wants I'll take some pictures of the process so you know what you're in for.
And yes, the lower mounting bolt is a ****.
Some more thoughts. I have no idea how to release tension on the belt, which is what was causing me much grief, so I slipped it off of the smootrh pulley that is easy to get to. Hopefully I'll find the trick to the tensioner pulley when the alternator is out.
Secondly, the photo set above leaves out the critical step of removing the rad fan to make enough clearance to lift the alternator out. Still working on that one, but it's a pain. Fortunately the alternator is completely out, just sitting down in the engine waiting for me to make room for it to come out.