ALTERNATOR PROBLEM

2000 Mercury Cougar

Tiny

newtrooper

August, 10, 2009 AT 7:25 PM

Electrical problem
2000 Mercury Cougar 6 cyl Two Wheel Drive Automatic 71000 miles

I just replaced my alt. And I am experiencing the exact same problems. The headlamps and alt. Light on the dash flickers. The a/c blower motor and engine also surges. Prior to replacing the alt. I fully charged my battery. After charging it, I load tested it and it was good. With the new alt. On and no load, the alt. Shows 14V. As soon as I put a load on it, the voltage starts surging anywhere fron 12V to 16V. I disconnected the main red wire from the alt and installed a temporary wire from alt. To batt. And problem still exists. If I take the alt out of the loop by completely disconnecting the wires from it, the problems go away.I think I may have another bad alt. Although it is new. I'm looking for some confirmation on this or suggestions of what I may have missed. Thanks

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Tiny

bluelightnin6

August, 10, 2009 AT 10:45 PM

This is a recall issue for the 2000 V6 Cougars. The charging system wiring is at fault and needs to be replaced and re-routed by your local Ford dealer. Contact your dealer and give them your VIN to confirm your vehicle is indeed effected by the recall.

Tiny

newtrooper

August, 11, 2009 AT 12:24 PM

I have already replaced the fuse link that is inline with the alt. Cable. I also tried a new cable without a fuse link and still have the same problem.

Tiny

bluelightnin6

August, 11, 2009 AT 12:26 PM

Contact local Ford dealer to have recall fixed as stated above.

Tiny

newtrooper

August, 11, 2009 AT 12:27 PM

I already replaced the in line fusable link as well as a new cable fron alt. To battery.

Tiny

chriscundiff

July, 22, 2011 AT 8:32 PM

Where is the line fusable link at

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