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Old 07-04-2017, 12:13 PM   #11
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...This topic has reaffirmed my practice of replacing things near the end of their life preemptively in the driveway on a day that I get to chose. Which can save a bit of money too, but you can't plan for everything.

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A good practice Eric. When I replace my 7.3L serpentine belt (after a set time or mileage) I take the old belt and place it with my spare tire. Of course then you need to proper breaker bar to put the replacement belt on.


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I concur, especially just having my alternator crap out on a Sat night in Scipio, UT. Got the last room at a motel and borrowed a car from hotel staff to run to the only NAPA open within 150 miles to get a reman.
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Old 07-04-2017, 05:55 PM   #13
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I concur, especially just having my alternator crap out on a Sat night in Scipio, UT. Got the last room at a motel and borrowed a car from hotel staff to run to the only NAPA open within 150 miles to get a reman.
I would use that alternator long enough to replace it with a DC Power unit, or some other high quality, high output alternator, and then use the NAPA reman as an emergency backup.


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Old 07-04-2017, 06:19 PM   #14
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I would use that alternator long enough to replace it with a DC Power unit, or some other high quality, high output alternator, and then use the NAPA reman as an emergency backup.

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It was a $550 DC Power 250A XP that failed. 4 years and 35,000 miles. Lame. And their customer support is even less stellar. Maybe they will refurbish it but it's out of warranty.

I'm looking at a commercial grade Leece Neville 230A unit.

I've also had 3 AC compressor units fail which is relevant to this thread. Seems there are better aftermarket options for alternators but not so sure on AC units.
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Old 07-04-2017, 06:47 PM   #15
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It was a $550 DC Power 250A XP that failed. 4 years and 35,000 miles. ...
I've also had 3 AC compressor units fail which is relevant to this thread....
Strange. Makes me wonder if there's a link between the failures, like out of alignment pulleys, improper belt tension, something that's putting extra stress on your belt driven accessories. You should never have had so many failures.


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Strange. Makes me wonder if there's a link between the failures, like out of alignment pulleys, improper belt tension, something that's putting extra stress on your belt driven accessories. You should never have had so many failures.


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Maybe but I don't think so. The DCpower fried a diode or something. Spins just fine. The OEM compressor made it 70,000 miles before internally imploding and filling the orifice tube with shrapnel. The reman made it 20k and seized when I melted a piston in Idaho. I think I had the math wrong though. I'm on my 3rd alternator and 3rd compressor but either way I think it pays to get the best if you can. I'm just not sure what that is wrt AC. Maybe OEM, at least Ford holds their suppliers to some sort of standard. No way I would go aftermarket from O'Reilly or Autozone on either and even NAPA has slipped in recent years with regard to electrical.
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FWIW, I had everything other than the evaporator on my factory AC replaced this spring. I used a local independent specialist that was recommended and seems to have done a good job. They did not want to go non-OEM on the compressor, but upgraded a couple other bits. Total cost was right at $2k.

I know I could have just swapped the compressor for a third party unit and hoped for the best, but I really didn't want to regret that somewhere around eureka dunes during a heat-wave.

Interesting thoughts about alternators here, it seems I've had just about everything else like that go recently. I've been unable to identify what mine is, I assume it's non-factory on the ENG conversion, and it sure does charge up the house battery in a hurry.
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