Tip & How-To about 2000 Ford Ranger SuperCab

Going through starters and alternators?

If you keep replacing starters and alternators, they aren't the problem. Starters: check your battery's ground cable.
Alternators: Make sure you're also replacing the rectifier circuit. Alternators make alternating current and it must be converted to direct current. This happens in the rectifier, and arrangement of three diodes. Diodes are like a one way street for electricity. But sometimes, they fail and leak backwards.
Then they quietly drain your battery overnight. It drives a lot of people nuts figuring that one out.

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how do i replace the alternator on 2006 pontiac torrent


  • Remove the battery ground (negative) cable from the battery.
  • Remove the accessory drive belt.
  • Remove the alternator B+ terminal nut.
  • Remove the alternator B+ lead.
  • Remove the alternator electrical connector.
  • Remove the drive belt from the alternator.
  • Remove the alternator mounting bolts.
  • Remove the alternator from the vehicle.

  • To Install:

  • Install the alternator to the alternator bracket.
  • Install the alternator bolts. Tighten the alternator bolts to 37 ft. lbs. (50 Nm).
  • Install the drive belt.
  • Install the alternator electrical connector.
  • Install the alternator B+ lead.
  • Install the alternator B+ terminal nut. Tighten the alternator B+ terminal nut to 15 ft. lbs. (20 Nm).
  • Install the battery ground (negative) cable to the battery.


  • Hope this was helpful :-)

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