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I have a 1996 lincon contanental, and just resently the car started blowing Alternateors. ive had it rewierwd but now it will only run if hooked up to another car. as soon as you unhookthem the RPM levals start going down. then it just shuts of,and you cant get it to start again. well untill hoked up to another car. the check charging systom comes on aswell.

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Several possibilities come to mind. a bad ground connection between the engine and the chassis will do this. Install an additional ground wire from the battery negative terminal to a good clean bolt (at least 5/16" diameter bolt) on the engine.
Ford also had problems with the field electrical connector melting where it plugs into the alternator. Check for both of these problems and install a new alternator. Does the battery go dead if the car sits for a week? If so, something is not turning off and is drawing the power out of the battery. This will cause the alternator to work very hard when the car is first started. This will damage the rectifier inside the alternator, ruining it.
PS High quality re-manufactured Ford alternators will come with a new field connector and instructions on how to install it.

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