97 Cadillac Deville Alternator Removal

What goes in, must come out...

 I took the alternator out of my cadillac deville myself. I don't hate myself and I wasn't looking for a challenge. I was just broke. The instructions are as follows:

Negative battery cable
Serpentine belt.
Upper front bolt. 
Raise vehicle.
Front engine splash shield.
graphicRadiator support access panel.
 Loosen rear generator bracket from engine.
Remove top bolt.
Front lower bolt.
Lower rear bolt.
Upper rear bolt.
Duct from back of generator.
Electrical connections.
Battery output,
Heated windshield (if equipped).
Front generator/ A/C bracket.
Rotate generator and remove.

Rotate the generator and remove.  

Rotate the generator and remove.  

Okay.  Sure.  Rotate and... rotate and... wtf?!  So I toyed with it, and decided to make a video for posterity.  This is the alternator of a 1997 Cadillac Deville coming out of the bottom of the car.  No radiator removal required.  I apologize in advance for the swearing.

A few days later, my AC compressor clutch seized up.  Luckily, I had purchased the wrong length serpentine belt (when replacing the radiator) - which was just long enough to go through the engine without including the AC compressor.   Who's got 2 thumbs and not getting stuck in Midland, Tx?  This guy.


  1. I feel your pain, i did this job on my 97 Eldo, fuck man i feel your pain

  2. Dude, I'd almost buy your plane ticket to get you here to get mine out!! Mine is presently wedged between the engine and radiator. Caddy has some crackpot crackpot engineers, eh??!!

    1. I quit my job as a physical therapist a couple weeks ago. At this point, I'd certainly take you up on the offer provided you don't mind putting me up in a hotel for a couple days and buying me enough beer to get the job done!