Kia Sedona Alternator Replacement
The alternator in my 2009 Kia Sedona failed and needed to be replaced. I suspected the alternator might be bad when the car wouldn't start after it had been recently driven. Reading less than 13 volts across the battery with the car running was enough proof to pull the alternator and have it tested.
Since the alternator is at the bottom, this isn't the easiest vehicle for this job. However, it's not an overly challenging repair to complete, and there is just a few extra components to remove.
(Most of the pictures link to larger versions)
Here is a shot of the engine compartment with the plastic cover removed from over the engine. The plastic cover over the radiator and cooling fans also needs to be removed to get access to those components. The passenger side cooling fan had to be removed to make enough space to pull the alternator out of the vehicle.
There is a metal brace across the front of the engine compartment, above the cooling fans and radiator. There are two bolts on each side and a third under the car that need to be removed to free the brace. The hood latch and horns also needed to be unbolted from the brace before it could be easily moved out of the way.
There is also a couple small hoses that needed to be let loose from the brace. I broke the cheap plastic clips for these when I pulled them out, and just zip-tied the hoses back when I was reassembling everything. The brace doesn't have to be completely removed from the car, just shifted, and it was OK that a of couple wires and hoses were left connected.
The brace was shifted out of the way so that the cooling fan could be removed. Just 2 bolts at the top hold the fan in place. The bolts were removed, the power connector disconnected, and the cooling fan slid out of the engine compartment. Once it was removed, I slid in a piece of cardboard to protect the radiator.
There is a clear shot to the alternator once the cooling fan is removed. The serpentine belt was removed, the power disconnected, and the two mounting bolts removed from the alternator. Once the bolts are removed, the alternator was wrested out and replaced.
I had my alternator tested at the auto parts store before I purchased a new one to make sure it was really the culprit. Once the new one was home, reassembly was the opposite of removal.
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