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I need to know whether to rempve alternator by dropping it or pulling out top. Amatuer mechanic and dealership wants 580$ to do the job. Is it very difficult?
 

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Never did an '11, but just disconnect the battery, wiring, belt, alt. top through bolt, and believe that bottom bolt doesn't come out all the way, so after loosening, pry the alternator upward.
See that the VIS actuator and valve may need to be removed, then it appears the alternator would be removed from the top.
 

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No, but the serpentine belt is much easier to get to going through the bottom, at least when I use the long belt tool.
 
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