How to Install an Alternator for a Dodge Dakota

by Michael Dickson

Alternators convert mechanical energy to electrical energy using alternating current. It is essentially a generator providing power to the vehicle. The alternator receives its power from the battery. When an alternator begins to fail, it sucks the charge from the battery requiring the vehicle to receive a jump start to run. After testing the battery for failure, the next step is to replace the alternator. The Dodge Dakota engine compartment provides ample room to remove and replace the alternator in little time.

Dodge Dakota alternator removal

Step 1

Disconnect the negative battery cable from the battery terminal using a socket wrench.

Step 2

Locate the alternator on the right side of the engine when viewing from the front. Remove the four connector nuts attached to the alternator by using a socket wrench. After removing the four wires, replace the nuts on the correct bolts.

Step 3

Loosen the alternator pivot bolt using a socket wrench. This will allow you to push the alternator towards the back of the motor and remove the alternator belt by slipping it off of the pulley.

Step 4

Remove the loosened alternator pivot bolt completely using a socket wrench. Remove the lower alternator bolt using the same socket wrench.

Pull the alternator up and out of the alternator bracket.

Dodge Dakota alternator replacement

Step 1

Place the alternator in the alternator bracket cradle. Slide the lower alternator retaining bolt into place and hand tighten.

Step 2

Slide the upper alternator pivot bolt into place. Pull the alternator belt on to the alternator pulley. The belt will be loose and easy to maneuver before tighten the alternator pivot bolt.

Step 3

Pull the alternator up and to the right to tighten the alternator bolt. The alternator will only slide so far on the pivot bolt before coming to the end of the alternator bracket. Tighten the alternator pivot bolt and torque to 35 foot-pounds. Torque the lower alternator retaining bolt to 30 foot-pounds.

Step 4

Reconnect the four alternator connector wires and tighten the nuts to 40 inch-pounds.

Reconnect the negative battery terminal cable using a socket wrench.

Items you will need

  • Socket wrench set
  • Torque wrench

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