Battery light usually means alternator not charging. Most common solutions would be be a bad alternator, bad connection, or loose alternator belt. If the battery and alt test ok than check the connections to the alternator and battery.
If alternator and battery test fine- then you may have a bad fusable link not allowing the alternator to charge the battery
Get a new starter...lol.
Front of engine. It's belt driven and has a lead to the battery so that should help you.
Are there any steps on how to change the alternator on a 1198 ford contour?
u might need a new starter
You may have a weak or dead battery.
Yes, it shouldn't be a problem.
the battery is dead and needs to be charged or replaced, or it could also be the alternator is going bad
sounds like it is your alternator if the battery is new are you running any other electrical off your car?? subwoofers? tvs? take your car in and ask them to load test your alternator
Probably easiest to pull the driveaxel and take the alternator out that way
It is built into the Alternator
Usually a fusable link
take off the screws
Alternator may not be charging battery sufficiently Check with a voltmeter A fully charged battery should read approx. 12.8 volts without engine running With engine running meter should read approx. 13.8-14.2 volts
In all probability, you have a bad alternator and your battery is completely discharged. Make sure your battery connections are clean and tight, and put it on a charger for several hours. If it still won't start the car, the battery is probably bad as well.
it's all one belt
You go to a mechanic.
You can use either a Group 40R or 96R in a Contour.
Well, its black and wraps itself around the smallest pulley on the alternator.
Typically that means that the alternator is not functioning properly and is unable to maintain the battery charge. Many auto parts retailers will test the charging system for you, free of charge. If the battery light is on, have the charging system tested immediately, before your battery goes dead and you are unable to start the car.
BCI code 40R type battery
it is probably your wire harness check it out quick Rocky_B - See my entry here for more things you might want to check: http://wiki.answers.com/Q/What_could_be_wrong_if_the_battery_light_stays_on_and_the_battery_still_runs_down_on_a_1996_windstar_after_installing_a_new_battery_and_alternator
If the set up is the same as a 96 with a V6, and i believe it is. The fuse is not located on the alternator. Next to the engine block closest to the firewall there is alittle 2 inch plastic black box. Inside is a large 175 amp fuseable link. If this is broken, your alternator and battery will check out good, but the alternator will not charge your battery. Its not the hardest job to do, but because of the location be prepared to put aside about an hour for cursing the Ford designers for what looks like an attempt at hiding it. Just be carefull and disconnect the battery until your finished just incase. Im not sure if this is the fuse your talking about, but i believe it is. This answer may work for those who are having trouble keeping a charge if both the alternator and battery are fine. This fuse is pretty much an antisurge protector and the line it is connected to is the main charging line from your alternator to your starter and back to your battery.