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    Unhappy Alternator Removal

    I have to replace my alternator in my 2000 Focus se w/Zetec (automatic).
    Well, I folowed Haynes Repair Manual and I'm at the point of removing it, but it just doesn't fit nomatter what way i turn that darn alternator. It just won't come up.
    there's always something in the way.

    Also looked at focushacks.com, and it looks so easy, however there is some kind of metal part of the engine in the way that I can't remove.

    Can anyone help plz. ?

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    Default Re: Alternator Removal

    Automatic Zetec Foci have the engine located over "1 more towards the firewall. You have to fuss with it to get the alternator up and out; I have been there.
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    Default Re: Alternator Removal

    when removing the alternator make sure the pully is facing up. You'll have to remove everything in that corner, evap purge canister, coolant reservoir, p.s. fluid reservoir, engine ground to strut tower, etc...

    After you remove all that its just a matter of finessing it out of the hole you just created. What does this metal part on the engine look like? If you're talking about the lift lug by the engine ground above the alt. you don't need to remove that.
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    Default Re: Alternator Removal

    it's part of the fuel rail. is there a way to move the engine an inch or two towards the front of the car by unbolting the passanger engine mounts?

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    Default Re: Alternator Removal

    I got under my car, removed the lower trainsmission roll-restrictor mount, rocked the motor, and pulled it out between the steering rack and engine.
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    Default Re: Alternator Removal

    What does the the lower trainsmission roll-restrictor mount look like?

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    Default Re: Alternator Removal

    it looks like a dog bone. one large end aproxamatly 2.5" in diamater. and a small end aprox 1" dia. it connectes between the trans and the subframe underneath the car.

    the way axon pulled his is the same way I did mine twice now.

    you may want to check the wiring from your alternator to the battery for burned spots. that is what destroyed my second alternator.
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    Default Re: Alternator Removal

    Quote Originally Posted by rollo78
    is there a way to move the engine an inch or two towards the front of the car by unbolting the passanger engine mounts?
    yes there is, just take off the 3 bolts holding down the passenger side engine mount. then put a jack under teh oil pan with a small 2by4. now, you are able to lift up the engine enough to get out teh alternator(I should know because I have done it twice).
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    Default Re: Alternator Removal

    for what it's worth, if I had an engine hoist I would have seriously lifted the engine out to do it.
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    Default Re: Alternator Removal

    What is the metal part right under the lift lug?
    can it be removed?

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    Default Re: Alternator Removal

    That's the fuel rail, if you're seeing what I think you're seeing. I would not mess with it.
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    Default Re: Alternator Removal

    Takes a lot of finese, guiding it (prying, kicking, hitting with a hammer, etc.) to get it out of there. For some reason, putting the new one in was a piece of cake!
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    Default Re: Alternator Removal

    Just did mine yesterday(01 SE Zetec w/ AT)

    The ONLY way I found to do it:

    *Remove all the goodies as mentioned in Haynes/Chilton:
    Evap Canister
    Coolant overflow
    P/S Reservoir
    Engine Harness plug
    *Remove belt from alternator pulley
    *Unbolt alternator
    *Unbolt lower engine mount(tranny mount)
    *Unbolt passenger side engine mount @ body attachment(3 15mm bolts, I think)
    *slide engine forward
    *pull engine with all your might while another(or yourself if brave) person finesses alternator out.

    If it makes you feel better, it goes in MUCH easier.

    FYI: i just had mine rebuilt for like $70. They replaced everything inside, other than the rotor.

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