Question about 2003 Ford ZX2
You can't easily advance timing on these engines. Remove the belt on the new alternator and check if it spins reasonably easily and there is no bad bearing in the new unit.
Also check that the wires coming from the alternator are not frayed. Especially check that the wire going to the postive battery terminal do not have any small fragments of wire touching the frame of the car, engine block, etc. This will cause a short circuit and really load down your alternator (make is seem like it is running rough but really just trying to spin the heavy load on the alternator from idle RPMs).
Posted on Nov 17, 2009
The timing is not adjustable. check all the connections on things that were removed when the alternator was replace.
Posted on Nov 17, 2009
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Check air filter if it's dirty replace, replace fuel filter. these are the most neglected things on a car. If you need more help let me kow.
Posted on Nov 09, 2010
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i had the same trouble, there is a rubber boot under the cover on the top of the motor, it is coming from the egr valve, takes about 5 mins to repair and less than 5 dollars.
Posted on Jul 25, 2009
This could be caused by several things. Bad MAF sensor, TPS could be defective. You need to have the vehicle scanned for codes. You can have this done for no charge at AutoZone.
Posted on Nov 18, 2009
check the fuel filter air filter and vacuume lines if they all good make sure the spark plugs are making a bright blue spark
Posted on Jan 20, 2010
SOURCE: I have a 2003 chevy
I have a 03 silverado and my truck did the same thing I had to change the distrubator cap and rotor button lets see every 6 months, They ran the air condition line over the distributor and the condensation from it rotts the inside of distributor
Posted on Jan 06, 2011
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