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Do alternator belts go by any other name ? Husband just had new alternator installed and was told the belt is worn. What do i ask for? and does the same belt go by different names?

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Hi Charterdhear,
The proper name is the serpentine accessory drive belt.(Or serpentine belt for short). One belt drives all the components on the engine. The car you are asking about has different engine sizes available.You will need to know the size when ordering the part. They will also ask if you have air conditioning. Let me know if you need any other information. Thanks,Chuck

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Yes and no ,just ask for a fan belt and give the model

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most auto parts store have instruction on how to remove and reinstall an alternator instructions in the parts box or ask the auto parts store to print out the installation instruction.

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I have 93 Lexus Ls400 when I hit the gas it makes a screaching sound as thou it needs a belt.Someone told me that it could be the buschings in the alternator. What could be my problem?


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Sounds like the belt is slipping and the battery ligt comes on, can this be due to alternater bearing failure? The car continues to start for now


If it is alternator bearing failure you will hear a very high pitched whine from the alternator as it is revved, furthermore it would not usually cause loss of charging until it was nearly wrecked.
It is more likely to be belt failure. Replace and correctly tension the belt first.
I hope I have been of help but please do not hesitate to ask if you have any further questions.
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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.
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Car will not steer, belt broken but my husband thinks that the air conditioning pump needs to be replaced


He may be right. If the alternator pulley bearing has failed, or one of the belt idler pulleys has failed, the belt can come off or break and since the belt also drives the power steering pump you will also lose your power steering assist. With the engine off, check all the pulleys to make sure they turn freely by hand before installing a new belt and you'll probably find the problem. [the large crankshaft pulley won't turn by hand however] Take a good look at the belt tensioner also to make sure it isn't worn enough to tilt the tensioner pulley off to the side as this can also cause the belt to come off. Hope this helps!

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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 .

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Removal & Installation Raise and support the vehicle.
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  2. Remove the drive belt from the alternator.
  3. Slowly release the drive belt tensioner.
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To install:
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  2. Rotate the drive belt tensioner clockwise.
  3. Install the drive belt to the alternator.
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  5. Slowly release the drive belt tensioner
  6. Install the engine splash shield.
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It's O.K. to ask for some help.

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I want to fix it myself b/c im poor-how?


It is very important that you know exactly what you are doing when you replace a drive-belt pulley! It is possible that if you get the timing wrong that your engine will fail! The alternator can be replaced with little knowledge but if your car starts and runs then there is no problem with the alternator nor the timing. If your belt looks worn down or has fray marks on it then i would suggest to change it. Also, unless the tensioner is cracked or broken there is no need to replace that.

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