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The wife's van decided to break on me for the second weekend in a row, this time it was the original alternator (129,000 miles). I replaced it with an Autozone remanufactured one as she had to have the van today for travel.

Oddly, both the battery and brake lights came on when the alternator quit working. Both lights are out with the new alternator.

I was able to change the part out without too much trouble.

If anyone else does this I recommend removing the idler pulley and removing the silver bracket on the valve cover right above the alt. Also remove the 10mm bolt holding the a/c lines to the fenderwell and that'll give you a bit more wiggle room also.

Pics to follow when van returns...

Oh, and MAKE SURE YOU HAVE A BELT ROUTING DIAGRAM. There wasn't one on my hood or radiator support, which I discovered AFTER removing the belt... :(
 

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The alternator is held in with two 14mm bolts. There's a 10mm nut at rear of the alt for the power cable, and one connector at rear also.

The Autozone alternator seems to be working fine, it's quiet and smooth.
 

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UPDATE

After driving with the Autozone alternator for about six months I bought a used OEM low mile alternator from a wrecked 2012 Sedona and swapped it in.

I was having issues with the 'remanufactured' unit. It would stop charging or would overcharge the battery severely without warning and also set off the battery light/brake light randomly. The van would also lose power and the ABS would prevent the brake pedal from being pressed without a lot of force.

The used OEM unit has given me zero issues since installation.

No more rebuilt crap for me, it's going to be OEM all the way now.
 

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... No more rebuilt crap for me, it's going to be OEM all the way now.
One good alternative to buying rebuilt is to take your alt/starter to a local auto-electric shop. These places typically are owned by knowledgable, experienced guys who will stand by their work, in the unlikely event that something goes wrong with the rebuild.
 

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Replaced alternator today with a junkyard low-mileage unit. Car never died or warning lights ever come up but the voltage was irregular and sometimes wouldn't charge at all until it fell below 11.0V. It was oil soaked from previous oil leak and lasted 114K mile. Once radiator fan was removed the alternator had enough room to come out/in from top. I didn't even have to jack up the car. The voltage is now steady when car is running; idling, etc....
 

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