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How do you replace the alternator on a Ford Escort?


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2011-09-09 01:05:59
2011-09-09 01:05:59

changing an alternator is easy.

Use a tie iron from your spare tire kit. Slide it between the front of the housing and the frame of the body. To make it simple the tire iron should run up and down and rest just to the left of the neck of the fill cap for your radiator. Pull back on the tire iron to apply pressure against the alternator.

*Before you do the above mentioned step: There should be a tensioner that applies tension to the belts. Look at that part and there is probably a square hole that is fit for a standard socket wrench. If so, attach your socket wrench and use it to pull the tensioner and release the tension so that you may remove the belt from the alternator. Once the belt is removed from the alternator, the other two bolts should come out pretty easy. Once they are removed you can get better access to the other cables attached to the alternator. Same process for releasing tension to put the belt back on once the alternator is bolted back in.

Remove the top screw and slowly ease back on the tire iron. The alternator acts like a tensioning device for the serpentine belt...this is why you have to apply slight pressure. If you don't apply pressure you can still back out the top screw, but it will "pop" on you, possible injury may occur. After removing the top screw, remove your bottom screw and work the alternator left and right to lossen it from the engine mount...This part is difficult!! Unplug your electrical connection by lifting on the plastic latch and pulling out slowly. You have a screw to remove which takes a 13mm socket. Use the reverse order to install the new one....remember to apply pressure when putting your top screw back in...good luck. I did this yestersay it took about 20 minutes...i am not a mechanic!

> you should remove all electrical connections on your alternator first, then do all the other non-dumb steps listed above(so as not to snap the wires, or short out yourself)


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