Alternator replacement?

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JACKTMCCALL
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I replaced my alternator and now all my lights and electrical is going nuts. Battery was dead, jumped battery to get it started and as long as I leave the charger boosting the battery my car runs fine, but when I disconnect the charger everything goes crazy. Do I maybe need a new battery, did I do the job right can you help me make sure?
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Monday, January 27th, 2020 AT 6:00 PM

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Tiny
ASEMASTER6371
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Good evening,

You have a low voltage from the battery. I would start by charging the battery and see if it starts okay.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-charge-your-car-battery

Chances are you will be replacing the battery.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-battery-load-test

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-a-car-alternator

Here is how to change out the alternator correctly in the diagrams below. Check out the diagrams (Below). Please let us know what you find.
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Monday, January 27th, 2020 AT 6:12 PM
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JOHNIE TAYLOR
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How big of a job is it to replace the alternator?
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Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 AT 5:33 PM (Merged)
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DANNY L
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Hi there, I am Danny.

On a scale of 1-10 I would give it a 5. You will need a serpentine belt tool to remove and install belt and a basic set of metric tools. Disconnect battery cable first, then remove belt. The alternator is held on by a few bolts and electrical connections. Attached is a tutorial explaining the process. Hope this helps and feel free to ask any questions if you feel like tackling this!
Danny-

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-replace-an-alternator
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Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 AT 5:33 PM (Merged)
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Need to know exactly what tools and sizes I need to replace my alternator?
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Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 AT 5:33 PM (Merged)
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KASEKENNY1
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I attached the process to replace the alternator. Unfortunately, they don't list tools needed so this is going to be something that you have to try to find out what you need. However, from what I remember, you can do this job with a basic set of wrenches and sockets.

Sorry I can't give more detail about the tools.
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Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 AT 5:33 PM (Merged)
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EDPRATHER
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How do I get to and remove the alternator on my V6 2004 Ford Escape?
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Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 AT 5:33 PM (Merged)
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https://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/261618_Noname_818.jpg



https://www.2carpros.com/forum/automotive_pictures/261618_Noname2_209.jpg

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Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 AT 5:33 PM (Merged)
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RUSSELLZ260
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Steps to removing and replacing the alternator, how and what do I have to do to remove it from the car i'm stumped
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Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 AT 5:34 PM (Merged)
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JDL
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Not sure of litre size of engine? You may have to access generator from passenger side wheel well. Safely raise and support the vehicle, remove tire, remove splash lining.

You need to take battery connections loose.
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Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 AT 5:34 PM (Merged)
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GEAR1986
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How do you remove the alternator from a 2003 ford escape.
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Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 AT 5:34 PM (Merged)
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DUSTIN1980
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You have to take the cv axle out and remove it through that opening
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Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 AT 5:34 PM (Merged)
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CAVE MANN
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After changing the alternator and the pig tails clipped because I broke it it I rewired a new pig tail clip and the altenator charged the battery. After 2 weeks the alternator stop charging but still no charg where is the short than where is the short thank you
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Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 AT 5:34 PM (Merged)
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HMAC300
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Recheck your wiring job first if it wasn't soldered together with shrink tube then re do it like that. Then check the fuses in pic you probably blew a fuse for it.
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Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 AT 5:34 PM (Merged)
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CAVE MANN
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Then why do battery light come on when I touch the green and red wire to the body of the alternator
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Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 AT 5:34 PM (Merged)
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HMAC300
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Because the battery light is the charge indicator light and it means you aren't charging your battery
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Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 AT 5:34 PM (Merged)
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ERICGREGORY
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2002 Ford Escape

removal of the alternator where is the halfshaft
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Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 AT 5:34 PM (Merged)
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BLUELIGHTNIN6
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4 cylinder or 6 cylinder?
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Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 AT 5:34 PM (Merged)
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MJR346
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My guess is v6 and the right cv axle shaft is called a half shaft. It requires complete removal to replace the alternator. And needs a new axle nut torqued to roughly 200 lb/ft if I remember. Something that most 1/2 drive torque wrenches (common biggest size for sale in most tool places such as Sears) don't go up to.
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Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 AT 5:34 PM (Merged)
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AHEW1960
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What is the best way to remove the alternator?
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Tuesday, August 11th, 2020 AT 5:34 PM (Merged)
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Have to remove axle first. Use 18" extension with 13 mm socket. Use same setup for removing top alternator bolt. Extension fits between exhaust hanger and frame. Remove plastic shield behind axle (2 clips and hooked onto steering rack) and alternator bracket to engine (3 bolts). The alternator must be twisted a few ways to fit between the crank pulley, block and frame but it will fit without having to remove exhaust. Will take around 2 hours for the job
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