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Trying to remove the alternator from the car.

How do I replace the alternator in a 2006 Ford 500 ?

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  • bruce428 Jun 02, 2009

    The problem is the last step. Remove the generator. There is no room to do that procedure. If your are posting instructions from the manual, set the book down, and go look at the vehicle and see for yourself. Thanks for trying.

  • bruce428 Jun 23, 2009

    I found the solution to removing the alternator. 1 - Hoist the vehicle at least two to three feet high. 2- With a second jack placed under the right side of the engine cradle/frame, remove the two right side mounting bolts that hold the frame to the body. 3- Lower the frame/engine assembly, it will only drop about 6-8 inches, and this is enough room to remove the alternator from between the frame and body. Otherwise follow the instructions above.

  • bryant Oct 05, 2012

    i ran into this very same situation myself. the first thing we did to tackle this problem since there are no haynes manuals, only ford shop manuals was ask my buddy at napa about how to go about this. he said the ford mechanic says to remove the axle and go in through that way. after we had got the tire and the brakes and just about the axle off we realized that if you just unbolt and remove the bolt to the tie rod on the passengers side and unbolt the drivers side but leave it in place as removal is not necessary. This should be enough to skip removing the axle because you should be able to move the tie rod to the side and should be able to slip the alternator out.


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Removal and Installation

  1. With the vehicle in NEUTRAL, position it on a hoist. For additional information, refer to Section 100-02.
  1. Disconnect the battery. For additional information, refer to Section 414-01.
  1. Rotate the accessory drive belt tensioner counterclockwise and position the accessory drive belt aside.
  1. Remove the 8 pin-type retainers and the right lower splash shield.
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  1. Disconnect the crankshaft position sensor and release the 2 wiring harness locators from the generator splash shield.
  1. Remove the lower generator boot pin-type retainer, fold the boot upward and disconnect the generator electrical connector.
  1. With the generator boot folded upward, position the protective cover aside and remove the generator B+ nut and terminal.
    • To install, tighten to 8 Nm (71 lb-in).
  1. NOTE: The 3 generator studs and nuts may be replaced with 3 bolts (W709986-S437) to ease the installation of the generator.
    Remove the 3 generator nuts and stud bolts.
    • To install, tighten the generator stud bolts to 8 Nm (71 lb-in).
    • To install, tighten the new generator bolts or generator nuts to 47 Nm (35 lb-ft).
  1. Remove the generator shield from the generator.
  1. Remove the generator.
  1. To install, reverse the removal procedure.

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Yeah just complted this task. As a very novice mechanic, it still turns out it isn't much fun. I followed most of the steps per Doc Honeydew, how ever i ran into the problem stated by bruce. How ever his solution is not the only one.

there is not enough room to go from the bottom of the vehicle. I went trough the front tire and successfully completed the project. It took removing the wheel, removing the fender liner and taking the break line loose.

the real trick to it was taking the alternator out before you take out the plastic cover. There is not enough room to get the plastic cover out first and once the alternator is clear, there is plenty of room to get the cover turned properly. The same goes for putting the new one it...alternator first, cover second.

I must say again, this was not a fun project and takes way more time then it should (at least for me). Good luck.....

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You may have to remove the axle. If you don't, please let me know so I don't go that far with it._)@$*!@*$_*$@!

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  • Dave Rowe Jun 23, 2009

    Ford 500 alternator removal. I got out the alternator without removing the axle. I think what your doing wrong is you either don't have the car jacked up off the suspension and/or you don't have the alternator removed from the plastic housing before trying to squeeze it out through that small gap. Good Luck!


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