2000 Ford contour se Alternator replacement question
Hi my name is Chris, and I was wondering how tough or hard it is to replace an alternator on my boss' 2000 ford contour se???? I understand that it is located on the passenger side of the car on the bottom of the motor . Somebody mentioned that I might have to remove part of the exaust and or manifold to get at it. Is this true??? I have replaced many alts. that are on the tops of motors but, never on the bottom. Usually those ones were a piece of cake to replace. I took a look at it and it looks like removing the plastic wheel well might give me access but not sure. Somebody please help. THANKS
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Probably the voltage regulator is bad. Since the regulator is part of the alternator, it's best to have the alternator replaced. Unfortunately, replacing an alternator on these cars is not a simple job. Look for other posts on this website about replacing the alternator: if you're not comfortable with doing it for yourself, take it to a qualified shop.
Thats going to be a tough one. The light comes on when the alternator is not making enough voltage to charge the battery. If the problem was not occuring before the alternator was replaced, it could be a faulty alternator or bad connection in the wiring.
Contour's are notorious for check engine lights. Mine has been on for years. The only way really to reset the CEL is to rent or buy a code reader and record the codes that are stored. Information on CEL codes is available on the internet. FYI the most common code for contour's are P0420 and P0421. These won't cause any driveability issues. As for your heater problem, your fan blower relay is toast
If you have a aftermarket radio system I would double check that first,
If not I would check the wire harnesses in the engine compartment,
When you're on the gas the engine tweaks and puts stress on some of the harnesses, if there is a short in the wire harness it will drop the voltage, this will confuse the alternator's voltage regulator and cause it to kick on and off.