Project 1 - Alternator Detailing/Replacement
Applicable Years: C2, C3
Skill Level: 2 Wrenches
Tools required: Sockets, ratchet, wrenches, screwdriver, wire brush or steel wool, magnet (optional), prybar, black spray paint
Time required: 1-2 hours
Parts source: Mid America Motorworks
Cast-aluminum parts such as alternator housings oxidize and become dull over time, particularly in damp or humid environments. If allowed to progress, this oxidation eventually causes pitting in the metal, too. Removing the oxidation and restoring the original patina of the cast-aluminum alternator housing isn't difficult, but it's much easier to do if you remove the alternator from the engine first. If your alternator needs replacing, these procedures are identical for that chore as well. However, if you're doing a replacement, you might want to consider a nice chrome-plated high-output alternator such as those offered by Mid America Motorworks. Whether you're detailing or replacing your alternator, here's what to do.