Arg! Car Repairs...

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    Sep 01, 2008 1:28 PM GMT
    Anybody know how to install an alternater onto a 2003 Ford Mustang? I was looking at it and it doesn't look too hard to take off and re-install...which probablly means there is allot more to it than that???

    Help! I'm stranded!

    -Den
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    Sep 01, 2008 3:33 PM GMT
    you don't have a haynes manual? That is the first thing I try to get when I get a car if available. Changing an alternator is not usually too hard.

    http://www.mustangforums.com/forum/showthread.php?t=443182

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    Sep 01, 2008 3:40 PM GMT
    I know very little when it comes to car repairs. Good Luck!
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    Sep 01, 2008 4:22 PM GMT
    Changing an alternator is usually a pretty simple job. Depending on the vehicle, the hardest part may be getting access to it and clearing a path to move the unit out (and the new unit in.) If you can clearly see the mounting bolts, the wiring harness, and the belt tensioning device, just do it. If things are kind of tight, it might be worth looking at a manual.

    I once wasted a whole day trying to extract a starter motor, before discovering that toyota provided a special access door inside the wheel well for getting the crucial wrench angle.
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    Sep 01, 2008 5:06 PM GMT
    Agree with Mindgarden, it's usually easy. But I haven't attempted it on newer model cars. I just prefer to pay someone to do it so I don't need to get dirty.
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    Sep 01, 2008 5:08 PM GMT
    Yes, on some cars it's very accessible on others, not at all. When the altenator went out on my car recently I watched the guy replace it. He actually had to remove the entire radiator as well as some other parts to even get to it. It seems that bigger engines are being packed into even smaller cars.
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    Sep 01, 2008 5:10 PM GMT
    I agree with Active about the Haynes manual. If you plan on doing different repairs like this to your car, you definitely need one of these. It makes the repairs so much easier than trying to figure it out all on your own.

    However, looking at the forum link he posted, the alternator in the Mustang doesn't look too hard to replace. It seems to be readily accessible.

    Good luck. I miss pulling shit off of my car and replacing it with new parts.
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    Sep 01, 2008 5:14 PM GMT
    Ever replace an entire engine? That's what my dad and I and my brother did when I was in my early 20's. In the middle of winter in an unheated garage.

    The car ran great after that, but i was traumatized by the experience. To this day, I won't even open up the hood to put in antifreeze.
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    Sep 01, 2008 5:42 PM GMT
    KissingPro saidEver replace an entire engine? That's what my dad and I and my brother did when I was in my early 20's. In the middle of winter in an unheated garage.

    The car ran great after that, but i was traumatized by the experience. To this day, I won't even open up the hood to put in antifreeze.


    LOL... so much for encouraging you to take an interest in manly things icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Sep 01, 2008 5:43 PM GMT

    RULE NUMBER ONE: Disconnect the battery before you do anything. Lol.
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    Sep 01, 2008 5:58 PM GMT
    KissingPro saidEver replace an entire engine?


    Yes. But I do it for fun. LOL! Since my dad's garage back in Ohio rivals most auto body shops, all my friends would come over with their cars to have work done. So, I did brakes, suspension, exhausts, headers, superchargers, entire engines, etc... It was a ton of fun. I love being able to create and/or accomplish things with my hands. It's very rewarding.
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    Sep 01, 2008 6:31 PM GMT
    Thanks, guys.

    I got the alternator and got it put in. It really was easy as hell. One more thing to chalk up to my list of self-auto repair skills. So far I can change my own oil, replace an alternator, rotate tires, change spark plugs, replace air filter, and......ummm......yeah, that's pretty much it right now. As more things break, the more I'll learn.

    -Den
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    Sep 01, 2008 6:33 PM GMT
    twomack said
    RULE NUMBER ONE: Disconnect the battery before you do anything. Lol.


    Actually, my rule #1 is:

    If car has been sitting in the sun all day, do not lean against it to get to alternator!

    OUCH!!!

    -Den
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    Sep 01, 2008 7:53 PM GMT
    bread77 said
    KissingPro saidEver replace an entire engine? That's what my dad and I and my brother did when I was in my early 20's. In the middle of winter in an unheated garage.

    The car ran great after that, but i was traumatized by the experience. To this day, I won't even open up the hood to put in antifreeze.


    LOL... so much for encouraging you to take an interest in manly things icon_rolleyes.gif


    I'm a big sissy when it comes to car repairs.....and BUGS.
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    Sep 01, 2008 8:00 PM GMT
    I wouldn't know. Ask my mom. She's the butch lesbo mechanic. No, seriously, she's the head mechanic at her job. ha.
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    Sep 01, 2008 8:10 PM GMT
    Should be a tension pulley on that bad boy, relieve the pressure then remove the belt. then should only be one or two bolts holding it on, replace and wa la! I don't have one but most newer cars have the tension pulley that you simply put a wrench on and take the pressure off of the belt.