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Old 08-20-2016, 03:56 PM   #1
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Question Is There a How To On a Vue 3.5 Alternator Replacement?



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I couldn't find any threads started on an alternator replacement on the Vue 3.5 and was checking to see if I maybe overlooking something. I have an 04' Saturn Vue Redline w/ 103K miles on the clock. I noticed over the past month or two I was having rough start problems and rough idle problems when running the ac. Today I went out to my garage and to my chagrin I couldn't get it started at all. The auxiliary lights all came on but all I heard was the all too familiar rapid clicking noise I've heard when in past rides indicating an alternator was on the fritz. FWIW my battery was replaced about 6yrs. ago the alternator however is original.

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Old 08-20-2016, 04:25 PM   #2
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Default Re: Is There a How To On a Vue 3.5 Alternator Replacement?

Its probably the battery or a bad cable - alternators should last way beyond 103,000.

But if you persist - see post # 3 of this thread for alternator replace info:

http://www.saturnfans.com/forums/sho...d.php?t=177936

If you do buy a new or rebuilt alternator and you live in area where temps dip into the 30's - you probably should stick with Denso new or Denso rebuilt as many/most parts-house alternators seem to be having voltage regulator problems.

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Old 08-20-2016, 10:01 PM   #3
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Default Re: Is There a How To On a Vue 3.5 Alternator Replacement?

If your battery was replaced about 6 years ago, that means it has been 8 years. I would replace the battery; it is due regardless.

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Old 08-20-2016, 11:50 PM   #4
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Default Re: Is There a How To On a Vue 3.5 Alternator Replacement?

Thank guys, for good measure I'm going to try take the Vue over to Autozone tomorrow to have the alternator & battery tested....if I can get it started.

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