Today, my battery died in my 2000 Sonata. AAA came down and replaced
it and ran it on their little tester thingee...the new battery is
getting 12.9V from the alternator under a load (a/c, high beams) at
idle. Sounds like it could need a new alternator but I could be
mistaken. It is getting 13.7V at idle without a load.
I've called around for prices on an alternator and so far it doesn't
look like something I could immediatly afford unless the shop down the
street that rebuilds them can give me a better price. I know he could
rebuild + install an alternator in my Jeep for less than most the
national chains just wanted to sell me one for.
Anyways, if it turns out to be worthwhile for me to install it myself,
any nifty tricks I should know about? I know on one of my older cars
(my 300ZX, IIRC), I could just pop off one of the side wheels, take
off the splash guard, and have the alternator staring me right in the
face. Any similar tips for the Sonata?
Sure does look a lot harder than my old 4Tech Buick that just had two
bolts holding it in right at the top of the engine.