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1998 Ford Escort alternator removal
« on: July 01, 2005, 03:32:24 PM »
Hi all.
A couple of nights ago my the battery light flickered for a minute and then went out. A couple of nights later the car died and wouldn't start just outside my driveway. I left it for about ½hour and it started and I put it in the driveway. After I shut it off I tried again and it wouldn't start.
Anyway, I believe the culprit to be the alternator. There is a mechanic that will test the alternator for free to see if it works
How do I get the bloody thing out? I only found two bolts, which I removed, but I can't figure out how to maneuver it to get it out. The drive belt is too tight, even when I move the alternator.
Any help would be appreciated.

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« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2005, 06:29:06 PM »
Here ya go. Hope it is the sedan or wagon.  If not let me know. Have fun.

Generator ?Sedan and Wagon
Removal

Disconnect the battery ground cable.

Remove the generator drive belt.
Release the tension on the drive belt.
Remove the drive belt from the generator pulley.

Disconnect the HO2 sensor harness clip from the generator bracket.

Position the generator bracket aside.
Remove the A/C line bracket bolt.
Remove the power steering pressure line bracket bolts.
Remove the generator bracket bolts.
Position the generator bracket aside.

Remove the generator bolts and position the generator aside.

Remove the generator.
Disconnect the two generator electrical connectors.
Remove the battery positive nut and washer.
Disconnect the battery positive cable and remove the generator.

Installation

NOTE: When the battery is disconnected and reconnected, some abnormal drive symptoms may occur while the vehicle relearns its adaptive strategy. The vehicle may need to be driven 16 km (10 mi) or more to relearn the strategy.

To install, reverse the removal procedure.
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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2005, 09:14:39 PM »
Thanks way2old.

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« Reply #3 on: July 01, 2005, 09:25:28 PM »
Well, the alt. just charges the battery and has nothing to do with the starting system directly.  If you let it set for half and hour and then started it then it is not the alt..  Probably just corroded battery terminals
or wires connecting the battery to the starter.  Clean the terminals first, check the wires for bulges of burnt spots.  Also check where the wires hook to the started and make sure they are not grounded.  If this dosen't work then replace the starter.

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« Reply #4 on: July 02, 2005, 06:46:13 AM »
But the battery is being drained and not being recharged, which is the job of the alternator, right? The eye on the battery is red. Im thinking the alternator is bad, meaning the battery dies, and if I leave it for a while enough charge will build up to start the car, but then it doesn't last long becasue it isn't being recharged by the alternator.
Having said that, I did clean the battery terminals and checked the wires and connections.

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« Reply #5 on: July 02, 2005, 07:50:52 AM »
This is the part I'm having trouble with.
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Remove the generator drive belt.
Release the tension on the drive belt.
Remove the drive belt from the generator pulley.

The only way I can see to do this is to remove a pulley, or at least take it out as far as I can to get hthe belt to loosen enough.
Is it OK to remove that pulley?

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