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91 thunderbird not charging

Well i have replaced the terminals alternator alternator harness battery now im getting ready to change the engine ground to the batterry because it was corroded and split in many places and in one spot it has been rubbing into the frame

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You need a new igniton control, if it is bad your alternator wont charge your battery and you will be sad!!!,16400189//shopping/partTypeResultSet.htm

i have a 91 thunderbird and it took me days of testing to determine that the OEM ignition control is not built very well and will cause charging problems! go to auto zone buddy yeah!!

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Dear annieek,
I have the same problem on my 91 Bird. I have checked with a friend that owns a repair shop. He says when you turn the switch on you need to have the Alt. light to come on before you start the car, if it does not come on (mine does not) it is a wiring problem. That light must come on before the car is started in order to "excite" the Alternator. I am in the process now of taking the dash apart to find the problem of why the light is not coming on. More info later. This may give you a starting point.

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When not running the engine for a week, the battery dies. When I jump start it, engine will start cranking very slow and pickup speed before it starts running.

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Need to change the alternater

Removal & Installation
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. On the 3.2L (VIN V) engine, raise and support the vehicle. Remove the right front wheel.
  3. Remove the alternator belt.
  4. Disconnect and label the alternator wiring harnesses.
  5. Remove the mounting bolt from the alternator bracket.
  6. Remove the alternator from the engine.

To install:

  1. Position the alternator on the bracket and install the pivot bolt.
  2. Install the belt and adjust the tension.
  3. Reconnect the alternator wiring harnesses.
  4. On the 3.2L (VIN V) engine, install the right front wheel. Lower the vehicle.
  5. Connect the negative battery cable.

Precautions (make sure you have any alarm codes and equipment working correctly before disconnecting the battery)

Several precautions must be observed with alternator equipped vehicles to avoid damage to the unit.

  • If the battery is removed for any reason, make sure it is reconnected with the correct polarity. Reversing the battery connections may result in damage to the 1-way rectifiers.
  • When utilizing a booster battery as a starting aid, always connect the positive to positive terminals and the negative terminal from the booster battery to a good engine ground on the vehicle being started.
  • Never use a fast charger as a booster to start vehicles.
  • Disconnect the battery cables when charging the battery with a fast charger.
  • Never attempt to polarize the alternator.
  • Do not use test lights of more than 12 volts when checking diode continuity.
  • Do not short across or ground any of the alternator terminals.
  • The polarity of the battery, alternator and regulator must be matched and considered before making any electrical connections within the system.
  • Never separate the alternator on an open circuit. Make sure all connections within the circuit are clean and tight.
  • Disconnect the battery ground terminal when performing any service on electrical components.
  • Disconnect the battery if arc welding is to be done on the vehicle

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There is a Ford Technical Service Bulletin and Ford Repair Harness Connector Kit that may be your problem.

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Article No.
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This TSB is being republished in its entirety to update the Service Procedure outlined in the Action.
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