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How do you Change, Replace, or Install 1996-1999 Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe, Pickup, GMC Yukon, Alternator Replacement





Tools required:

  • 3/8 socket/ratchet

  • 13mm wrench

  • 15mm wrench

  • 5/16 wrench

  • Flathead screwdriver (large)

  • Rubber mallet


Step 1: Open the vehicle's hood.

Step 2: Using the 5/16 wrench, disconnect the vehicle's battery.

Step 3: Using the 3/8 socket/ratchet, loosen the belt tensioner, allowing for belt removal.

Step 4: Using the wrenches (2), loosen and disconnect the wiring connection from the alternator.

Step 5: Pull the air hose from its attachment on the backside of the alternator.

Step 6: Using the 15mm wrench, loosen and remove the mounting bolts (2).

Step 7: Pry and remove the alternator from the vehicle.

Step 8: Mount the new alternator by tightening the 15mm mounting bolts (2).


You may want to use a rubber mallet to situation the alternator, as space is tight.

Step 9: Connect the wiring harness (1) to the alternator.

Step 10: Reattach the air hose using the retaining clip.

Step 11: Tighten the wiring connection using the wrenches (2).

Step 12: Using the decal under the hood, re-engage the belt tensioner and position the belt properly around the pulleys.

Step 13: Reconnect the battery terminals.



These Part Change / Installation Instructions Apply to
99 1999, 98 1998, 97 1997, 96 1996 Chevrolet Suburban, Tahoe, Pickup, GMC Yukon, Alternator Replacement Instructions
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