How to Replace the Alternator in a 2000 Jeep Cherokee

by Eric Grosso

If your Cherokee experiences low voltage throughout its electrical system, the alternator may have failed and need to be replaced. The alternator is easily accessible in a 2000 Jeep Cherokee, and no special tools are needed for the procedure. Installing the drive belt over the new alternator is easily accomplished with two people, however, it can be done with one person. Replacing the alternator in your 2000 Jeep Cherokee can be done at home if you have some prior auto repair experience.


Remove the cable from the negative battery terminal with a wrench.


Disconnect the two electrical connectors from the alternator.


Remove the alternator pivot bolt with a socket and ratchet.


Loosen the alternator adjustment bolt with the socket and ratchet but do not remove it.


Remove the drive belt once the bolts have been removed and the alternator has been lowered, putting slack in the drive belt.


Remove the alternator after removing the alternator adjustment bolt with the socket and ratchet.


Install the new alternator. Install the alternator pivot bolt and install the alternator adjustment bolt with the socket and ratchet but do not tighten the bolts, leaving enough movement in the alternator to install the drive belt over the alternator pulley.


Adjust the drive belt by placing a pry bar under the alternator to remove the slack in the belt. Instruct an assistant to tighten the alternator adjustment bolt and alternator bolt with a socket and ratchet while you pry up on the alternator.


Reconnect the negative battery cable to the battery terminal with the wrench.


  • Take the old alternator into the auto parts store to compare it, side by side, to the new alternator before purchasing.

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About the Author

Eric Grosso has been a journalist since 2002, working as a staff reporter covering government events, school districts, sporting events and entertainment acts. He has been published in "The Vindicator" and "The Jambar" as well as websites including KFFL and Plugged In Online. Grosso holds a Bachelor of Arts in telecommunications and journalism from Youngstown State University.

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