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I had to do this to my wifes 99 cougar. if you're not a lil car savvy, then your best bet is take it to a mechanic. I found the instructions, on autozones website. 1st you gotta take off front passenger tire, remove the whole assembly including the half shaft. (this car is really a pain to work on) Thats not even all of it, thats just to see the alternator from underneath. I got everything except that damn last bolt holding the alternator in, so i had to put it back together, get it towed to a friends shop and let him finish it for me. So far I hate working on this car, if its not something above the motor, then its a pain cuz they decided to put that big *** 2.5 motor in the small *** car!! But if you really want to do it yourself, I recommend autozone, they have detailed info on how to do it, plus some tools, you need to rent if you don't have em already!! Good luck, you'll definately need it!!

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If the battery wont hold a charge i would have it checked first. chances are thats the problem

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He's right. This car is a pain to work on. I've had the alternator replaced 5 times and I've had the car since it had 14 miles on's now got around 195,000. We had to use 4-5 extensions to get to that last bolt to get the alternator out but we also started with the instructions from AutoZone. While you're replacing your alternator be sure to check out the cables running back to your battery. I've had problems with those not making connection and the alternator not feeding charge back in so it wears on the alternator and the battery. I recommend cleaning your battery posts thoroughly. I know it's a simple thing but it's saved us pulling the new alternator back out a couple of times because we thought it was a bum piece. Also, check to see if your leaking power steering fluid while your driving or shortly after the car is turned off. If this is happening, your power steering fluid is leaking down into your alternator and causing it to go bad but we've yet to figure out how to fix the power steering leak problem. A mechanic will charge you an arm and a leg to work on this thing and that's if you get lucky and find a mechanic who knows a little about these cars so if you've got someone with a little mechanic know-how I recommend trying it because while the parts are expensive its a drop in the bucket compared to how much you're going to shell out for labor. Good luck!!

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