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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 03-16-2008, 10:47 PM Thread Starter
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Replacing an alternator on an Outback

How difficult of a task is it to replace an alternator on a 2002 Outback?
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Changing the Alternator is a pretty straight forward job.
You could pick up a Haynes Repair manual Subaru Outbacks at an auto supply store, but if you're comfortable changing the oil on your car, I'd think you could handle swapping out your alternator.

First you'll need to loosen the alternator belt. By marking the adjustment screw with a felt pen you won't have a problem getting the belt to the correct tension (if the belt was correctly tensioned to start with). Then you remove two electrical connections- one plug-in and one with a nut (10mm?). Next you have to remove the metal belt guard. The alternator is held in place with two bolts. Be careful with the right bolt (looking from the front of the car), there is a nut in back that can drop down into the engine if you're not careful. Other than that, the old unit lifts right out and the new unit goes right in.

Of course I'm recounting this from memory, so I may not be 100% accurate, but it really is an easy job.

Hope this helps.

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Thanks wb8154

I've got 196k on my 2002 Outback.
My alternator now makes a wining sound.
Think I should replace it?
Do alternators give any hints when they are about to fail?
Lights dimming slightly or things like that?

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Rob,
Right as my alternator was going bad I started to get some strange dash warning lights. The Battery warning light and the brake warning light both came on at once. Later, when I really knew the alternator was going belly up, the ABS light came on.

Try doing a quick search on the site and you should find a few threads that will help. I know that I had previously found some and I had posted a thread about rebuilding an alternator.

I'm by no means an alternator expert, but I'd first confirm the alternator itself is whining..It could be a pulley for the accessory belt. If the alternator is whining, a bearing is probably going bad and I'd suggest obtaining a rebuilt unit and replacing it sooner than later. Because all too often, later ends up being on the side of the road...at night...in the middle of nowhere.

Just my 2 cents.

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