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Old 01-23-2010, 01:26 PM   #11
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This is a pretty standard procedure for any serpentine belted ford. Even the F series come off this way. Its also a good time to check the bearing on the tensioner pulley for wobble and that it has free movement. Once you get it going, listen for any squeeks or high pitched sounds.

A lot of good alternators die from a faulty Tensioner. For that matter, a lot of good replacements do too. It's not a big problem on newer cars, but when they start to get around the 90-100K mark it gets more common.
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Old 03-07-2010, 02:33 PM   #12
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Had to replace alternator today. This was easy even though I have never replaced an alternator. Its solved several problems. Rough idle, dimming flickering lights, and battery charging issues. I got a rebuilt one on ebay for 85 shipped. The directions were great except it's counterclockwise on the tensioner.
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the v6 alt was probably the easiest one i have ever changed! the bolts were easy to get to and the belt came right off.. easy peasy
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:32 PM   #14
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Jasoon, keep us up to date and let us know if it was the alternator.
It wasn't the alternator after all...

Oh, and to top it all off, I found a battery tester / alternator testor in the tool box I keep on my boat. All that work for nothing, LOL, I could have checked everything all at once with one simple connection, but no... I have to do it the hard way. FML.
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the v6 alt was probably the easiest one i have ever changed! the bolts were easy to get to and the belt came right off.. easy peasy
Absolutely easy as pie. One thing I do when I look at buying a new car, is make an analysis of how easy or hard the repairs will be on a vehicle. This car I think ranks as one of the easiest out there. If it didn't have a SJB or a computer it could be as simple to repair as a 70's vehicle. I know a lot of people buy cars without even opening the hood, but I do. Sadly enough a lot of times I know more about the motor than the sales person does. Shows how important it s to be informed.
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