Question about 2003 Ford Focus
Find a new mechanic! The heavy wire going from the alternator to the starter solenoid terminal where the battery cable is connected has a fuse link that will burn out if the alternator had a shorted diode. This wire will check very nearly zero ohms if it is intact and infinity if the link is open. There is an external voltage regulator associated with this alternator--has anyone bothered to check this out? If the battery is charged, why are they replacing alternators? A working charging system will show 13.5 to 14.5 volts across the battery terminals with the engine running. If it shows 12.6 volts, measure at the heavy connection at the alternator--it should be showing over 16 volts if the fuse link is open. If it shows much lower (under 12 volts), replace the voltage regulator.
Posted on Sep 27, 2009
That's why i do most of my repairs myself !
I would hav e looked for another mechanic after the second ,and especially the third altenator!!!
I don't know if i am more ashamed,embarassed,or just plain angry!
Sounds like this person needed help, and someone either didn't know,or took advantage!
the people who built the car had a hard time finding it ?(WOW!)
you need a working knowldge of the car(they should have had that)
going ballistic ?, i think you were very patient
I am glad you finally got it fixed
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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