So here are some pictures and explanation of the alternator and belt replacement. I saw a video on YouTube where the guy said the alternator had to come out the top, so you have to remove the battery, so I removed my battery... Caution it may wipe out radio codes... *Either way, disconnect the negative battery cable at least.
*Disconnect the cable connections on the alternator itself and the cable harness mount bolts (pic ) (4 total, all 10mm).
*Loosen tension on the serpentine belt (see drawing of tensioner location, and turn counter clockwise with a 14mm deep socket on the end of a breaker bar), and pull the belt off the alternator.
*Unbolt the alternator (two 14mm bolts, one on top, one on bottom).
*Remove the alternator. I attempted to get the alternator out the top, but that proved too difficult. I looked under the wheel well and with easy removal of three fender/trim clips (use a trim fork or screw driver to pop the clips out, make sure you have some extras in case any break on removal), I was able to move a rather chintzy piece of (what looks and feels like tar papered) fabric out of the way on the inside of the wheel well where the alternator sits and pulled the alternator out the resulting opening very easily. I compared the pulleys on the old and new alternators, and found that the new one was slightly larger in diameter. With the help of an impact driver (Harbor freight $40 special from another repair job), I was able to swap pulleys.
$90 mechanics diagnosis
$128 remanufactured alt (O'Reilly's)
$35 serpentine belt (O'Reilly's 3yr wrnty.)
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