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    how do I replace the altenator on a 2004 town and country?

    Does anyone know where I can get step by step directions on replacing the alternator on a 2004 t&c? I have done it on other vehicles but never a mini van. The repair shop wants over $400 to do the work and that seems pretty crazy to me but im new to this van. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

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    REMOVAL
    1. disconnect the neg term
    2. Disconnect the push-in-field wire connector from the back of the generator
    3. Remove the nut holding B+ wire terminal to the back of the generator
    4. Remove the B+ wire from the generator
    5. Raise and support the vehicle
    6. Remove the right front lower splash shield
    7. Remove the serp belt
    8. Remove the lower oil dipstick bolt
    9. Remove the wiring harness from the dip stick tube
    10. Remove the the 3 mounting bolts
    11. Lower the vehicle
    12. Remove the oil dipstick tube from the vehicle
    13. Roll and remove the generator

    INSTALLATION
    Reverse the procedure... Any problems PM me... Good Luck

    Taken from AllData 9.8

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    That is for the 3.3 BTW I don't see how the 3.8 would be much different... LMK

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    I think also that those instructions would assume that the van has an EGR valve in the way of removing the alternator - generally what you've got on those vans is two alternatives:
    1) remove/move the EGR valve to get the alternator out.
    2) remove/move the dipstick tube to get the alternator out.

    I'm going to be doing a similar job on my 2005 (3.8 w/EGR) in the near future, so I'm weighing my options on what way to get the alternator out as well. The nice thing for me is that my alternator is still charging just fine, so I'm not pressed into doing the job immediately.

    Nate
    '05 Town & Country Touring
    3.8L 168,000 mi

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    Thanks for all the help.

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    It's hard to get the EGR valve out without first removing the alternator. When I changed my EGR valve, I struggled so much to get the bottom bolt off that I finally decided to just take the alternator off. It was pretty easy to do.

    Removing the dipstick tube is very easy.

    Quote Originally Posted by nate95366 View Post
    I think also that those instructions would assume that the van has an EGR valve in the way of removing the alternator - generally what you've got on those vans is two alternatives:
    1) remove/move the EGR valve to get the alternator out.
    2) remove/move the dipstick tube to get the alternator out.

    I'm going to be doing a similar job on my 2005 (3.8 w/EGR) in the near future, so I'm weighing my options on what way to get the alternator out as well. The nice thing for me is that my alternator is still charging just fine, so I'm not pressed into doing the job immediately.

    Nate
    Current Cars:
    2004 Chrysler Town and Country 3.3, 227,000 miles
    2004 Chrysler Concorde 90,000 miles
    2008 Chevy Malibu 79,000 miles

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    Whichever way you decide to go about doing it, I wish you the best....
    I have worked on many vehicles and find that AllData provides the fastest and least aggravating way to complete the job.... Just stock up on the beer and buddies you'll be okay....

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