How to Replace an Alternator on a 2000 Chrysler Sebring Convertible

by Zyon Silket

Replace the alternator in your 2000 Chrysler Sebring convertible when you notice the headlight dimming while your engine rests at idol. This means the alternator is not creating enough charge to run the electrical components in your vehicle. If let go, the battery soon stops charging properly and other electrical components become damaged due to lack of proper voltage.

Step 1

Disconnect the negative battery cable from the battery with a wrench.

Step 2

Disconnect the field circuit (wiring harness) from the alternator by pushing in on the locking tab with a flat-head screwdriver and then by pulling the harness off the alternator.

Step 3

Remove the nut that secures the grounding wire to the alternator with a wrench. Loosen, but do not remove, the adjusting T-bolt and the pivot bolt on the bracket that holds the alternator.

Step 4

Push the alternator down and lift the drive belt off the alternator pulley. Remove the adjusting T-bolt and the pivot bolt from the bracket holding the alternator and lift the alternator out of the engine bay.

Step 5

Place the new alternator next to the mounting bracket and thread the adjusting T-bolt and pivot bolt with your fingers through the alternator and into the mounting bracket. Do not tighten with a wrench.

Step 6

Place the drive belt over the alternator pulley.

Step 7

Place a pry bar between the alternator casing and the mounting bracket. Push down on the pry bar. This pushes up on the alternator and removes slack from the drive belt.

Step 8

Tighten the adjusting T-bolt and the pivot bolt with a wrench. Reconnect the grounding wire and secure it with the nut. Reconnect the wiring harness by pushing the connector into the female connector on the alternator.

Step 9

Reconnect the negative battery cable to the battery.

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