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Old 05-15-2013, 06:15 PM   #1
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Replacing Alternator Procedure

I'm going to include an upgraded alternator in my FICM upgrade and am wondering if anyone has a link to some R/R instructions or a few hints and how hard it is to do. Thanks
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Old 05-16-2013, 07:23 PM   #2
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Myself, I thought the worst part was the belt. Other than that it wasn't too much of a problem but air tools help. Dropping the batteries might be trouble if you don't want to do it hot. Depending on the alternator make/model, the brackets might not fit. Mine worked OK but I had to grind a notch off the alternator case for it to sit flush the bottom. I also had to install a larger lug on the hot lead because the stud on the back of the alternator was larger. I didn't increase the buss wire because I really didn't add any more load, but it's something I want to do just because. While I was in there I installed heat shield around any wires that needed it. Took two of us about 3 hours but we forgot the belt wrench which made an otherwise easy job kind of a PITA.
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:39 PM   #3
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Never had to remove the radiator but pulled a bunch of other stuff off to get to the belt. Found that Ford had left the upper bracket off
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:57 PM   #4
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I don't remember...seems like we snaked in the belt.
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Old 05-16-2013, 09:00 PM   #5
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The only thing I removed was the metal turbo duct. I wish I had known about the locking feature on the belt tensioner. Getting the belt back on was the hardest part.

I didn't even disconnect the batteries, I just was very careful with the wiring.

Mine was easier because I didn't change the belt.

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Old 05-16-2013, 09:06 PM   #6
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I actually sent back one alternator because I would have had to dent the duct to make the alternator fit what a waste of time and money. After that I ordered from Nations.
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Old 05-16-2013, 10:00 PM   #7
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You might want something like this. http://www.harborfreight.com/serpentine ... 66344.html
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Old 05-16-2013, 10:40 PM   #8
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Left it at work 30 miles away
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Put in a very large unit from Premier Power Welder when I did the welder. Only issue was clearance on firewall and needed to "re-clock" the connections. This unit uses a much better industrial belt than the one stock.
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Old 05-18-2013, 08:43 PM   #10
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Re: Replacing Alternator Procedure

Thanks everyone for all the replies. It sounds like it is more than what I want to do myself. I think when it is in the shop soon for turbo, EGR & oil cooler replacements and other bullet proofing I'll just have it done then. I also peeked at it under the hood... geez it would probably take me all day. Right now I have more money than time.
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