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6 cylinder 1999 Ford Taurus Car wouldn't start when it was wet out. Got new battery. Tail lights and dash lights out. Then back to the original problem. Car now only starts when a battery charger is on about 15 minutes or by a jump. Cleaned battery cables with light sandpaper. Battery cables tested at auto parts store - OK. Now I am trying to remove the alternator to take it to the auto parts store to get checked. Good idea? Or what would you suggest next? Ultimate question is: How do I get the alternator out of my '99 Ford Taurus?

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  • megmarsh Sep 07, 2010

    How do I go through the right front wheel well?

  • megmarsh Sep 07, 2010

    Also, since the tail lights are now out, does this make you think it might not be the alternator?

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There are two bolts holding it on the mounting bracket. They are long 7 or 8 inch bolts. Remove these and disconnect the wires from it then pry it up between the alternator and the mount. It sounds more like a coil or plug wire problem to me as far as the now start when wet. But you definately have a battery drain issue.

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Hi, disconnect the negative battery cable from the negative battery terminal on the battery using the battery wrench. Tuck the cable to the side where it cannot accidentally contact the terminal.


Plug the serpentine belt tool into the belt tensioner and use the tool to relieve the tension on the serpentine belt. Slip the belt off the tensioner pulley with your free hand and then slowly ease the tensioner back into position.


Move the belt off the alternator pulley.


Disconnect the wiring harness from the back of the alternator by hand. Depending on the engine, and your physical characteristics, this may be easier to achieve by going through the right front wheel well instead of the top of the engine well.


Unbolt the ground wire from the back of the alternator and then unbolt the alternator mounting bolts using the socket set.

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