2001 Hyundai Tiburon Replace an Alternator

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The 2001 Hyundai Tiburon alternator is located behind the radiator on the passenger side of the motor. It provides voltage to the battery to keep your vehicle running. Common signs your alternator may need replacement are dimming interior and exterior lights while driving, hard starts where it seems like the battery is failing, or possibly a grinding noise from under the hood. Before replacing the alternator, it's best to double-check the battery cables to ensure they are tight, as a loose cable could cause similar symptoms.

[edit] Tools Used

Tools
10 mm wrench
1/2-inch open-end wrench
Voltage meter
Torque wrench

[edit] Replace an Alternator

Removal

  • Disconnect the negative battery cable to cut off power to the alternator using a 10 mm wrench.
  • Remove the top bolt from the alternator using a 1/2-inch wrench. Place the bolt to the side.
  • Disconnect the two wires on the back of the alternator using the 10 mm wrench. The nut is located under the black rubber cap. Set the wires to the side, keeping the end from touching metal, to prevent a spark.
  • Loosen the remaining bolt near the bottom of the alternator bracket using the 1/2-inch wrench. This will create slack for the alternator belt to slide off the pulley. Let the belt drop in its place. Completely remove the bolt you previously loosened by pulling straight out. Pull out the alternator.

Replacement

  • Replace the new alternator between the alternator bracket. Slide the bottom bolt into place but do not tighten it.
  • Pull the alternator belt up and over the alternator pulley. Slide the top alternator bolt into place and tighten by hand.
  • Pull the alternator up to tighten the slack on the alternator belt as far as it will go. Tighten the upper, and lower alternator bolts, using the 1/2-inch wrench. Using a torque wrench, tighten both bolts to 14 to 18 foot-pounds.
  • Connect the wiring to the back of the alternator and tighten the nut using a 10 mm wrench. Cover the nut with the rubber cap already attached to the wiring.
  • Reconnect the negative battery cable using the 10 mm wrench.

[edit] Tips & Warnings

  • You can check your alternator voltage by using an alternator voltage meter. Clip the black wire of the meter to the negative battery terminal and clip on the red voltage meter wire to the positive battery terminal. If the voltage meter reads less than 13 volts, you may have a failing alternator.
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