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Whats up bimmer people!

Just yesterday I went on a road trip and found that my batterey died on me.

At first my batterey indicator turned on, then all the electricity slowly started to die on me while I was driving, my radio was turning off then on, gauge lights started dimming as well as my front lights. When I came to a complete stop... the car just turned off on me. I tried to jump it but it only stayed on momentarily, then died as soon as I turn on my headlights. I spoke with a couple different people and they told me it could be either my alternator or my batterey. So what i plan on doing is changing both since my batterey is fairly old.

Is it a easy task to change the alternator myself??? If so could anyone explain how so? Or maybe a site that shows step by step... i havent had luck finding one. I know that changing the batterey is fairly simple. Any tips gentlemen?
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yes your alternator hath gone bad. an alternator is held on by a bracket on the engine. just loosen the bracket and it comes off.

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