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Old 11-01-2004, 10:35 AM   #1
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anyone replaced the alternator on their own? how difficult was it???

anyone replaced the alternator on their own? how difficult was it???
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Old 11-01-2004, 11:24 AM   #2
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It's not difficult but you will need the correct tools to take off the fan and belts.

I'd suggest replacing your pullies, tensioners, and belts while you are at it. You can get everything at www.bimmerzone.com or www.bimmerparts.com
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Old 11-01-2004, 12:04 PM   #3
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easy. did it without jacking the car up. just took my intake out and moved my power steering resivor for some clearance removed my belt's and loosend the 2 (or 3, cant remember) bolts holding it in. and the plug.
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Old 10-24-2005, 09:45 AM   #4
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How do I know to use a 90 Amp or 120 Amp unit?

How do I determine which to use?
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How do I determine which to use?
I think most us-spec cars come with the 120A model. It is relatively easy to get to the alternator's label to see what you have. If you do have a 90A and are doing aftermarket stereo upgrades, then definitely get the 120A one.
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