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    Question alternator electrical connector - how to remove

    I'm on my second alternator (1st one was dealer under warranty) and I'm getting signs that it's going again - however I want to check the connector - how does the connector come out? I tried to squeeze the side to release the 'clip' but I can't get my hand in very well ( I have big hands) - or do you just pull it up (out) - focus hacks has a link that mentions a cover and then the connector - so I am unclear.
    I thought I would ask before I brake something.

    Thanks
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    Default Re: alternator electrical connector - how to remove

    (I'm aware that it's been more than two years later, but I'm answering this question for the benefit of everyone who get to this post.)

    I had the same problem and my concern was not to break the alternator clip.

    Here's how I got it out: I pressed/Pulled really hard on the top surface of the connector to disengage the clip with my finger and then I pried out the connector with a flat screwdriver.

    P.S. It's easier to understand how it is clipped if you buy the new connector first.

    I hope this helps anybody.

    Nerlyx.

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    Cool Re: alternator electrical connector - how to remove

    Quote Originally Posted by Nerlyx View Post
    (I'm aware that it's been more than two years later, but I'm answering this question for the benefit of everyone who get to this post.)

    I had the same problem and my concern was not to break the alternator clip.

    Here's how I got it out: I pressed/Pulled really hard on the top surface of the connector to disengage the clip with my finger and then I pried out the connector with a flat screwdriver.

    P.S. It's easier to understand how it is clipped if you buy the new connector first.

    I hope this helps anybody.

    Nerlyx.

    I just searched for it and im gona go try it lol.... OLD posts but good info

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    Default Re: alternator electrical connector - how to remove

    ok so what i did was got a little flat head screwdriver, went under the car, looked up at the alternator... and pushed the flathead on the spot where "you" would think is the spot you would press with your thumb or finger. SUPER HARD To push in... when i did that the connector just popped off but i was pushing on a angle. so i am sure i pushed it off..

    tip: since i had all the bolts already off the alternator and it was sitting on the studs. I pulled it out a little closer to me more to see the connector better... Im sure you could remove it from the top but it didnt look like their was enough room.
    Hope to help somone else... i didn't think this would come up when i searched it. But it did help haha cya good luck

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    Default Re: alternator electrical connector - how to remove

    I cut the little bracket off of mine that is in the way, and if you bend the metal tab down by the strut tower you can slide it right out.
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    Default Re: alternator electrical connector - how to remove

    My replacement connector disengages like you think it should, I fought for an hour trying to get the old one off the alternator until I broke the tab on the regulator.
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