E320 Alternator

I do need an alternator, (thanks for the diagnosis Tiger). Anything special about changing one out? Is the whole job done from the top? (1996)

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Yes, should be easily changed from the top. Buy only Bosch reman unit or new. However, you could try one thing before you replace it entirely... replace the voltage regulator instead... $25.
You can install the regulator without removing the alternator... it is accessed from the back and only has two screws.
Price for reman Bosch is $177 and $100 core when you return your old unit. If you should decide to replace your alternator... replace the belt and tensioner at the same time... your tensioner is probably orignal too.
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