Out of all these years only 1 time did someone try to tell me i needed something fixed because of it. Check the belt it's on the right, or passenger, side of the engine, between the engine and the fender and replace it if needed. I never received a response from anyone. I ended up taking it to a garage and had someone do it because I got stuck at one of the steps. It is also responsible for recharging the battery while the car is running. Bearings Check the needle bearings in the alternator if they have already broken down, possibly due to dirt and heat.
But also check the voltage across the battery, it should read about 14. Damaged components Check the bolts holding down the alternator, which should be secured tightly to the engine. All others will ship the next business day. Next push in the plug retainer wire toward the alternator body and pull off the 3 wire electrical plug. This will take two people though, or an engine lift to pick up the head once it's been detached. If the old one goes bad, the only solution is replacement. If I stop, back up a few feet, put it back in drive and give it gas the light go off.
I checked the back of the Alternator and it puts out around 13 or 14 volts, so I know the Alternator works. Installation is the reverse of removal. That shouldn't be hard, since mine should be junked, but I'm still driving it. There is a metal track that provides support to a loom of wiring which traverses the engine from side to side, attached to the rear of the engine and close to the fire-wall. You can follow the instructions from this site. Remove passenger side wheel and lower splash guards. Make sure you pay attention to the slip rings, too.
Remove the 10mm bolt that secures the bracket to the block. It looked like an impossible job until I saw in my tool box two tools I had bought at a flea market. An how many wires are there in the connector ,on the alternator? Most alternators are supplied with their final test results and performance curve. Remember to use a new cotter pin at the nut on the ball joint stud. To remove the alternator you need to remove the serpentine belt from the alternator, paying attention to how it is routed around the pulleys.
From below the car, loosen the lower bolt, but do not remove. Remove the upper bolt completely. You can get the Haynes manual for the car and that helps somewhat. Remove the electrical connectors to the alternator. When driving down the road the battery light will come on. While cranking the engine, record the voltage reading. Now wiggle and pull out the alternator through the hole, rotate as necessary.
Lastly prise off the charge light plug, be very careful not to break this plug or its retainer finger. Check the fuse as well if it is blown. Installation is same as reverse, being careful not to damage the belt when you slide it back on the new alternator. I saw a connection rod was also taken loose. Limit cranking time to 15 seconds or less.
Dis-connect the electrical to the Alternator. Connect the meter positive lead to the battery post and the meter negative lead to the cable clamp. An improperly tightened belt could actually cause a decrease in the alternator's power output. First off, I would disconnect the negative cable from your battery to prevent any sparks when you remove the wires off the alternator. Took me 7hrs total but I did change both o2 sensors and pulleys - I would consider paying for the alternator job next time. My transmission is a standard, I'm not sure how much difference that makes.
The corkscrew tool works by inserting… The V-6 cars spin the alternator at very high rpms, and it is a surprisingly powerful unit at 130 amps. Make sure that there is enough current flowing from the alternator to the battery and that there is some positive voltage in all the terminals. Make sure the alternator is what is bad. Very first thing I would recommend is a copy of the Haynes Repair Manual. Parts seem to be a bit scarse. This is a very simple job, disconnect the battery 10mm.
This takes a 32 mm socket. I have sent a letter to the president of Ford and explained how I felt this car was unsafe and if anything happened to me or my family they would be held responsible. If new then it's probably the battery, which you can easily replace. To get the alternator out you have to take apart the entire passenger side wheel assembly. My car runs worse than any used car I have ever owned! Check between the engine block and starter housing should be 0.
Open the hood and disconnect the negative terminal from the battery cable. You will have to remove the radiator plastic fill bottle to get to the motor mount. I have had it in for service multiple times, and I get told it's covered under warranty why worry about it. Replace them if necessary and clean the brush holders as well. Connect Test Light Between Negetive Cable And Negative Battery Terminal: If Light Comes On You Have Something On Or Grounded.