This thread was a help in my R&R of the alternator on our '02 wagon.
Is there any way to link this additional info to the 'How To' on Zetec Alternator R&R
I'm guessing this thread is for the Duratec engine? There was no way I was dropping the alt out the bottom! WNTWN's suggestion of unclipping the purge valve (& hoses) helped, & I had to bend the tab for the gnd wire down & out of the way, then unbolt the hydr mount & have my daughter pull on the pry bar while I worked the alt out.
It took me about 2 hrs to get the alt out of the car (oh yeah, prying the thing off its bracket mounts was 'fun'!), & about 1-1/2 hr to get the new one in & then clean everything up.
Do Ford engineers get paid bonuses for using as many different bolt sizes as possible in a single vehicle???