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Having trouble fitting the new alternator back in the bracket on my 2003 ford focus...is there a magic trick??

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Sometimes you might have to knock the spacer plug into the bracket housing. When you tighten the bottom bolt, it forces the spacer plug to take up slack so the alternater is tight.

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Trying to find thermostat on a ford focus 1.4 zetec se 2003 but cant find it not where manual says


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How do you get the alternator out of a 2003 Focus SE, 16V Zetec DOHC?


Disconnect battery ground cable
Remove the ground wire (black) from the alternator
Disconnect the positive wire (red wire held on by a retaining nut) from the back of the alternator
Now disconnect the wire harness from the alternator
Remove the drive belt
NOTE: Some models use a belt tensioner that applies tension to the drive belt.
The best tool to use for this job is the serpentine belt too.
If you can borrow one from a neighbour you can get one at PartSource. (Part# 648451)
On other models you will have to loosen the adjusting bolt on the alternator bracket.
If you're not sure about how to remove the drive belt, visit your local PartSource for free print outs of car specific instructions.
Take off the mounting bolts from the alternator bracket
Now remove the alternator from the engine compartment

Installing Your New Alternator
Put the alternator in the engine compartment
Install the mounting bolts that connect the alternator to the alternator bracket
Connect the alternator wiring harness
Now connect the positive wire to the alternator
NOTE: Your new alternator should come with a retaining nut.
Remember to remove the nut before you install the positive wire.
If it doesn't keep the old nut.
Connect the ground wire to the alternator
Now install the drive belt
This is a great time to replace your old worn out belt. When inspecting your old belt look for signs of cracking, oil soaked, hard glazed, splitting or fraying.
All these signs mean it's time you replaced your drive belt.
If your vehicle no longer has the belt routing diagram under the hood, visit your local PartSource for a free print out of the belt routing diagram.
Reconnect the ground battery cable .

Feb 19, 2011 | 2003 Ford Focus

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How to fit a alternator belt on a ford focus 16.00 can you send me a pick


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Simply follow the steps


Disconnect the battery's negative cable and set it aside where it can't accidentally snap back onto the terminal.


Remove the car's accessory drive belt. Disconnect the belt shield by removing its two 10-mm bolts, push up on the tensioner by hand, pull the belt off the air conditioner or water pump pulley and remove the rest of the belt. Take note of how the belt loops around each pulley.

Open the cover containing the alternator's electrical connectors and disconnect them. Remove the bolt on the coolant expansion tank then detach the tank from its clip and secure it away. Detach the power steering reservoir, engine wiring loom bracket, ground cable and evaporative emission canister purge valve.


Unscrew and remove the alternator's first bolt on its right side. Unscrew the second bolt on the left and disengage it fully from the bracket; it cannot be removed from the alternator. Remove the alternator from the engine.


Install the new alternator, placing the built-in bolt within the bracket and tightening it first. Insert and tighten the second bolt.


Replace all other objects set aside in the reverse order they were detached. (evaporative emission canister purge valve, ground cable, engine wiring loom bracket, power steering reservoir and coolant expansion tank). Plug in the electrical connectors and replace the cover over them.


Replace the accessory drive belt. Loop it over all the pulleys except the one on the air conditioner. Retract the tensioner upwards as you did before to fit the belt on the A/C pulley.


Reconnect the battery cable.




Aug 26, 2010 | 2001 Ford Focus

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How to install 03 ford focus alternator?


Removing the Alternator
Disconnect battery ground cable
Remove the ground wire (black) from the alternator
Disconnect the positive wire (red wire held on by a retaining nut) from the back of the alternator
Now disconnect the wire harness from the alternator
Remove the drive belt
NOTE: Some models use a belt tensioner that applies tension to the drive belt.
The best tool to use for this job is the serpentine belt too.
If you can borrow one from a neighbour you can get one at PartSource. (Part# 648451)
On other models you will have to loosen the adjusting bolt on the alternator bracket.
If you're not sure about how to remove the drive belt, visit your local PartSource for free print outs of vehicle specific instructions.
Take off the mounting bolts from the alternator bracket
Now remove the alternator from the engine compartment There. You've removed the alternator. How easy was that?
Installing Your New Alternator
Put the alternator in the engine compartment
Install the mounting bolts that connect the alternator to the alternator bracket
Connect the alternator wiring harness
Now connect the positive wire to the alternator
NOTE: Your new alternator should come with a retaining nut.
Remember to remove the nut before you install the positive wire.
If it doesn't keep the old nut.
Connect the ground wire to the alternator
Now install the drive belt
This is a great time to replace your old worn out belt. When inspecting your old belt look for signs of cracking, oil soaked, hard glazed, splitting or fraying.
All these signs mean it's time you replaced your drive belt.
If your vehicle no longer has the belt routing diagram under the hood, visit your local PartSource for a free print out of the belt routing diagram.
Reconnect the ground battery cable .

Nov 19, 2009 | 2003 Ford Focus

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I need to remove the alternator from my 2003 ford focus. took it loose but cant get it out from top or bottom


you have to un bolt the a/c compressor under neath it and move it a side with the a/c hose still on it and then it will come out! good luck

Sep 18, 2009 | 2003 Ford Focus

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How to fit a fan belt in a 2000 ford cougar


disconnect the positive terminal lead to the battery and loosen the3 bolts to the alternator remove old one and reinstall new one ...using a grow bar or prybar rest it behind the alternator upper bracket and give some tension to it causing the belt to tighten then secure bolts and reattach the + positive lead terminal ..

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hi there rowdyrottie best way to do alternator on these is to remove drivers headlamp by removing torx screws once thats out of way make a note on how alt belt goes on,once you have done that remove both 13 or 15mm nuts on top partt of alternator next unbolt 15mm bolt at bottom of alternator once removed disconnect wires from alternator you should be able to remove alternator from bracket if you can't you'll have to remove long bolt going into a bracket with torx socket or a good pair of vice grips once bolt is removed alternator will come out this should be done in just a matter of fitting new alternator & build back up.

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Just took one out last night. It also was stuck. Had to use small pry bar to get off the front mount. Sprayed the mount with PB blast to help. You do have to use some force, becareful not to break any electrical connections. Once the front mount was free, I had to pry up on it using a small hatchet. Only thing that would fit and actually be able to pry. The alternator became twisted from prying only on one side, so I used a block of wood and tapped it back straight. It finally released from the mounts and came loose. Then the fun begins in trying to actually get it out. Had to disconnect everything around it, took two people and alot of twisting and turning. Not looking forward to getting it back in. Removal took over 2 hours.

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