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How to remove the right front drive axle 2003 ford escape to get to the alternator? thanks

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  • jefflaw Oct 10, 2010

    I already saw this online. What are the special tools required? Can you get them at AutoZone?



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Removal & Installation

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the Precautions Section.
  2. Place the transmission in the PARK position.
  3. Remove or disconnect the following:

Front wheel
Front brake disc
Front axle wheel hub nut and discard the nut
Tie rod end and separate the lower ball from the steering knuckle
Halfshaft from the steering knuckle

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To install:
  1. When seated properly, the halfshaft bearing retainer circlip will snap into the differential side gear groove.
  2. Position the halfshaft and joint so that the splines align with differential side gear splines. Push the halfshaft into side gear.
  3. Install or connect the following:
Halfshaft into the steering knuckle
Lower ball joint to steering knuckle. Torque the pinch bolt to 52 ft. lbs. (70 Nm).
Tie rod end. Torque the nut to 41 ft. lbs. (55 Nm).
New front axle wheel hub nut. Torque the nut to 214 ft. lbs. (290 Nm).
Front brake disc
Front wheel
To be very honest, a manual to help guide you thru this process should be obtained due to special tools that will be required for this repair procedure. This is a fairly large job, and I do recommend a manual. We do not have full manuals on this site due to copyright laws.

Posted on Oct 10, 2010

  • GetMeOttaHere Oct 13, 2010

    Tools are available @ autozone


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Instructions Things You'll Need:

  • Lug wrench
  • Floor jack
  • Jack stand
  • Battery wrench
  • Belt tensioner tool
  • Socket set
  • Torque wrench
  1. Loosen the lug nuts on the right front wheel with the lug wrench. Roll the floor jack under the right front and lift the Focus. Place the jack stand under the right front frame, not the suspension, and lower the Focus onto the jack stand. Pull the floor jack out when done.

  2. Take the lug nuts and wheel off the right front by hand and set these off to the side, out of the way.

  3. Open the hood and disconnect the negative battery cable using the battery cable wrench. Move the cable end away from the battery to prevent accidental contact while you are working on the Focus.

  4. Plug the end of the belt tensioner tool into the serpentine belt tensioner, which is located on the front of the engine. Move the tensioner off the belt, by prying to the side with the tensioner tool, and then slide the belt off the tensioner pulley with your other hand before allowing the tensioner to move back into position.

  5. Move to the side and access the front of the engine through the right front wheel well. Move the serpentine belt off the alternator pulley by hand.

  6. Disconnect the wiring harness from the alternator by hand. Remove the ground strap from the alternator with the socket set.

  7. Remove the alternator mounting bolts using the socket set. Pull the alternator out of the Focus through the open wheel well. You may need to turn the alternator more than once during this step to clear the suspension, depending on type of engine in your Focus.

  8. Compare the old alternator to the new one, to make sure they are physically identical and then insert the new alternator into the Focus in reverse of how you removed the old one.

  9. Reconnect the wiring harness by hand and the ground strap with the socket set. Slide the serpentine belt over the new alternator pulley by hand as well.

  10. Move back to the top and pry the tensioner off to the side once again, slip the serpentine belt over the tensioner pulley with your free hand and then let the tensioner slowly move back into its normal position. Remove the tensioner tool when done.

  11. Reconnect the negative battery cable using the wrench. Reinstall the wheel and lug nuts by hand. Lower the Focus off the jack stand using the floor jack. Tighten the lug nuts to 85 ft/lbs with the torque wrench and close the hood.

Posted on Oct 10, 2010


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