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Old 06-28-2011, 10:46 PM   #11
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I would replace the battery wire at the same time. I been through 4 alternators, all bad due to the wires. Our foci don't have very good wire from the factory IMO. The wire goes from the Alt. to the starter and then to the battery. So any problems with the wires will cause problems like the alternator or battery is going out. Heck you can probably just replace the wires and your problem might even go away? From reading your thread it looks like that may be your issue not the alternator. Once I replaced my wires I haven't replaced the alternator in a few years now. I did however have to replace the wires just recently do to them corroding from me washing my engine off, but that's due to a oil leak that I can't fix without new parts.

Most of us houston guys have replaced out own alternators so I'm sure we can have a fix-it meet soon. Heck I'm still saying we should have a meet where we all replace our fuel filters.
Anyway I can know for certain? The alt pigtail is in a pretty pain in the rear position where I'm going to have to unplug things... and I'm not very savvy with cars. The car really isn't very drivable right now, so I'm hesitant to make trips for random repairs to try and find the problem.
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Old 06-28-2011, 10:50 PM   #12
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+1 with what Paul said!

I've went through 3 alternators and 3 batteries and found out my problem was the 3 prong connector on the back of the alternator was loose. I didn't get it fixed, but I just made sure it was pushed down and connected all the way.
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Old 06-28-2011, 10:50 PM   #13
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Hey Paul which cables did you buy? You say mine is on its last leg and I need a new one. Also do you think we can still hook up some time to mess with my tbelt? I can take most of it all apart this time and you coach. See how well I remember.
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I bought normal battery cables that are hanging in the battery section. If you want the factory wire then you will have to go to ford. Once you see the factory wiring you'll kinda understand why it doesn't last long IMO. I used 4g wire, and I have a battery/alternator gauge, I get a steady 14.7v majority of the time lol. It's kinda hard fitting the other wires on there but it can be done. I have never replaced my alternator "pigtail" I don't think that's your problem but it's a good idea to check it since it is known to go bad.
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Old 06-28-2011, 11:04 PM   #15
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I bought normal battery cables that are hanging in the battery section. If you want the factory wire then you will have to go to ford. Once you see the factory wiring you'll kinda understand why it doesn't last long IMO. I used 4g wire, and I have a battery/alternator gauge, I get a steady 14.7v majority of the time lol. It's kinda hard fitting the other wires on there but it can be done. I have never replaced my alternator "pigtail" I don't think that's your problem but it's a good idea to check it since it is known to go bad.
Ah sorry I misread the wire you were referring too. Geh.... I guess I'll look tomorrow if I can feasibly do that with my cruddy jack.
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You'll need jack stands. You want the car has high as you can get it, it'll help greatly.
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Old 06-28-2011, 11:16 PM   #17
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But you do have us, surely we can all get together and fix your car? Also be careful when tightening the nut that holds the wire to the starter. I stripped mine and had to get a whole new starter due to that.
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Old 06-28-2011, 11:22 PM   #19
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I'm all for help with replacing either/both! How much should an alternator set me back? Would like to know if I'm getting ripped off when I call around.
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It'll be pricey, I'd try the cables first. No point in replacing something that expensive if it doesn't need to be. Also if you have a warranty on the alternator then use it. I only paid once but got 4 of them.
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