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Replacing Alternator

So I now know I gotta replace my alternator, or get it rebiuilt. Either way I gotta get it out. Looking at my Haynes manual it seems simple, but in my truck the upper radiator hose is right on top of the alternator, and I am worried I will have to move it to get the alternator out. Anyone have any experience with this?

03 3.0 edge flex.

Also any advice on buying new or rebuilding? I know I can get a brad new duralast gold alternator form autozone for 175, or a rebuilt one for 119-130. I just need a quick fix, since I am roadtripping on Saturday.
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just move the hose out the way. u really dont have to remove it. i bought a remand one from napa cuz my stopped working and when i put it on and turned my truck on it wrecked up my radio and busted every bulb on my truck. ended out being that the regulator was bad the all the power the alternator made it sent it everywhere. i got a new one after 2 months of fighting them. and bulbs!
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i've never had a problem with a re-man alternator... i say go for the cheaper route. and get a capacitor for your sound system. that way you put wayyyyyy less stress on your battery and alternator. speaking of which.. that reminds me to put my capacitor in tonight.lol
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okay i got everything so far, but I cant figure out which one is the tensioner pulley and how to loosen it to get the belt off. Help? This haynes manual is not too helpful.
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3.o or 4.0?
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****, just saw the 3.o part.lol look for the pulley thats attached to an "arm" looking thing. its hard to miss. generally on 3 and 4.0's is an aluminum arm.
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yeah I think I located it but not sure what bolt to turn. I tried sticking the ratchet on the little 8mm(size that worked for me) bolt in the cent behind the belt and turned clockwise but nothing happened, just tightened the bolt for all I know
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Thanks drew, got it out and will get it replaced tomorrow. Right now planning on getting it rebuilt locally.
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