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      01-17-2021, 09:25 PM   #1

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How to get your alternator out without wasting time or money!

Hello everyone. This last summer I ran into the infamous "red battery" icon and needed to be towed home. After bringing my battery to 3 shops where I was told it was fine. My focus went to the alternator. Looking online it appeared I had 2 options. Remove the oil filter assembly. Or remove the intake manifold. I have not seen this out there as of yet. So please share this video everywhere. I was reading a lot of shops are charging $1000+ to do this. You do NOT need to remove these.

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      01-23-2021, 03:37 PM   #2
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You only need to replace the regulator. If everything else checks ok that is.
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