How to Access the Alternator in a PT Cruiserby Necie Reed
Chrysler's PT Cruiser comes with a four-cylinder engine. The alternator is located above the axle shaft near the oil filter. If you're having electrical issues, you may have to access your alternator in order to test or replace the part. It is recommended that you use an official PT Cruiser service guide to access the alternator. Service manuals have easy-to-read instructional diagrams, decreasing the possibility of error during this process. Any work on the alternator requires advanced mechanical skills.
Park your vehicle on leveled ground. Turn your vehicle off, and remove the key from the ignition. Close all of the vehicle's doors.
Open the vehicle's hood, and locate the battery. Disconnect the negative battery cable from your PT Cruiser. Carefully wrap the end of the negative battery cable with a soft cloth to prevent the cable from making contact with any other parts in the vehicle.
Remove the two bolts from the top of the alternator's heat shield using a socket wrench. Remove the nut from the upper T-bolt bracket to make the PT Cruiser's alternator accessible.
Items you will need
- Socket wrench
- Soft cloth
- "Chrysler PT Cruiser 2001 thru 2009: Haynes Repair Manual"; John H. Haynes, Jay Storer; 2000