2001 Mercury Cougar 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 53000 miles
I have all of the symtoms outlined in recall 01V031000, but my car was manufactured in 10/23/00, and the 'affected build dates are: 19971206 - 20000918".
In short, I've had electrical charging and shorting problems with this car. It's consumed 5 batteries and 6 alternators. The car is dead again, and ford won't replace this bad cable because they claim it's not the problem. The last alternator lasted 24 hours, and the repair shop refuses to help me anymore; they have 'ohmed' out the cable between the alternator connection and the battery, and it reads 2 ohms when the shake the car - - a sign of a dead short.
When this first started happening it would smell like something burning.
Now, my question: I can't seem to find any information on how to fix or replace this cable, nor how to fix the short 'near the power steering cable'. In theory, I can just find this location and repair the worn cable, and fix it's routing. But I have no idea where to start.
Any ideas? How hard is this cable to replace? Any idea what part numbers I need to order?
The internet is full of people with this problem, it seems.
Friday, May 29th, 2009 AT 2:31 AM