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Old 07-19-2007, 12:31 AM   #11
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I've done them before in a couple focus's at work... Think thats bad?? try down a V6 Mazda tribrute.. loosen two engine craddle bolts and remove the axle on passenger side. and then the actually altanator bracket !! have another guy rocking the engine forward with a breaker bar and it barley slide out of the wheel well :o( the crap i do for a living sucks!!
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Old 07-19-2007, 12:57 AM   #12
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^^^^ Thats ridiculous ( I"ve been there,too).. Sometimes the engineer that pulls stuff like that should be shot!
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:26 PM   #13
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FIRST, I want to thank Focus Fanatics for bailing me out of another jam.

I worked on getting the damn alternator out for 2 days. Found the thread that said to move the motor mount. Well, still couldn't get it, so I un-bolted the engine hoist loop and it slid right out of the top.

Well, getting it in has been a HUGE pain in the ass. I am on day number 2 when I found a link to this thread.

I will tell all of you this: WHEN YOU TAKE YOUR NEW ALTERNATOR OUT OF THE BOX, GRIND THE SPACER FOR THAT LOWER BOLT!!!

I'm not kidding. I have been prying, banging, loosening, reinstalling the damn thing for 2 more days. Guess what, did the grinding, and the thing fell RIGHT INTO PLACE!!!! DONE!!!

I will say the following:

This is the DUMBEST alternator install I have done in a LONG time. I will NEVER buy another car without looking at where parts are installed. I am sick and tired of wasting time and having to over think for what should be a simple in and out process. I guarantee I can now do this in under 2 hours, now that I know what I can take out, hammer flat, cut down, etc...

I can't wait to trade this damn thing.

But, for all you good Focus Fanatics, I definitely thank you for helping me get my commuter back on the road.
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Old 10-10-2012, 01:20 PM   #14
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5 year old thread...lol, but these are good ones to keep around and bump every once and awhile.

I'm not sure why everyone has to grind anything. Take the passenger side motor mount out, and put a floor jack under the motor. You can then move the motor around easily enough to get it in/out/in.
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Old 12-18-2012, 10:55 PM   #15
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5 year old thread...lol, but these are good ones to keep around and bump every once and awhile.

I'm not sure why everyone has to grind anything. Take the passenger side motor mount out, and put a floor jack under the motor. You can then move the motor around easily enough to get it in/out/in.
Getting it out is not the hard part for me...Getting it back onto the mounting piece is a pain in the A$$! Some shop offered to do it for $100...I so should have taken them up on it. All I did to get mine out was watch the video on Youtube from 1A auto...

Ford Focus 2002 Alternator removal and install

Getting it back on is a pain and I'm going to try sanding the nipple....
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Old 12-19-2012, 11:08 PM   #16
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You guys should go back a few posts and read. There is absolutely no need to grind anything. The alternator bosses have pressed in inserts that you simply tap on with hammer to open them up to fall right on bracket, the bolts then pull them back tight around bracket when bolt tightened up............to get alt loose quick, work at it with crowbar strategically placed to force the inserts open and alt falls right out. With insert knocked out there is easily 1/8th inch looseness there.
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:06 AM   #17
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Tap on with a hammer...I have done exactly that to no avail...teach us...post a video.
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Old 12-20-2012, 04:19 AM   #18
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I don't do video...............self-explanatory if you simply look at the alt. The threads for attaching bolts to go through are in steel inserts that are pressed into the aluminum bosses, in tight but move sideways with enough force. Tightening the bolt pulls them up tight to pinch the bracket hard, when taking alt off you must push them back out so the bosses loosen up to let alt simply fall out. I use visegrips to press them sideways. Or thread bolt partially into hole and then tap on bolt head itself.
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Old 12-20-2012, 01:36 PM   #19
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Perhaps I should use a bigger hammer...or more force...This Motorcraft Alternator inserts are in there good! :)

Thanks for the info...I'll try that instead of grinding anything away.
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Many are, why I use passive force like visegrips, scared of cracking off the boss with hammer.
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