rbarrios... how many alternators have you replaced? Maybe I'm lucky but I haven't had that pleasure yet in my 15 years of driving.
Have replaced alternators on my classics
Chevies. 64, 67, 70. Those are super easy. Most recently the 67 Nova inline 6.
I did my sisters 2007 Buick Lucerne about 8 months ago. That one- she just decided to buy the parts at NAPA.
Recently had an issue with a vehicle in Mexico- a 95 Honda Passport. The part inside the alternator was not available locally. The Small shop- did an external work around 'hack' that got the vehicle back on the road. But- the alternator was now- not stock. So here in the states- I found the part. Next time we took a trip south of the border, we took the part and the shop installed it- got the alternator back to 'stock' condition. Dad is on no condition to do the repair work now. So having it repaired with OEM quality parts was a no brainer.
Now, in regards to the Traverse. Its way more complicated.
Last I saw/read----
Coolant hose- has to be removed
PS return line- has to be removed
AC line has to be moved out of way in 2 spots.
a bolt with a pulley on it.
reservoir moved out of way etc etc.
A repair Id want to do 1 time....