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Alternator replacement

Discussion in 'Stock 2011 - 2018 Ford Explorer Discussion' started by Payok, July 8, 2015.

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    1. Payok

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      I have a 2011 XLT Explorer and the alternator is bad, need to know how to get to it, from above or below to get it out and replace it. Thanks.
       
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      BrooklynBay Moderator & long time member. Staff Member Moderator Elite Explorer

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      Welcome to this forum! Most of the time it's not the whole alternator, but just the brushes. Get a Haynes or Chilton manual for a step by step removal & installation guide. The brushes went in my 1995 van on Friday, and I replaced the brushes for a few dollars.
       
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      I think this is the first alternator replacement I've heard of. Have you had it tested and it was found bad? I had the original battery go bad about 14 months ago.

      I think Autozone or Advance offers how to guides on their websites. Never used one, but I've seen one of those two offer them for at least some repairs.
       
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      Bumping an old thread - Mods - if that is bad etiquette, please advise.

      I have 2016 and appear to have a bad alternator as well. It's in a terrible location. Anyone replaced theirs yet? On the 3.5 V6, it's in the front, above the AC compressor, and there's definitely too much in the way over top of it - appears that I'll have to remove one of the cooling fans and maybe a coolant hose in order to make room to lift it up and out.
       
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      Not a problem at all. That it the way the Forum works. If you have an issue that has already been discussed just add to it rather than starting a new thread.

      Peter
       
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      The cooling fan motor and shroud has to be taken off. Also the RH fender splash shield.
       
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      Thanks for the replies! Job is done. Sad that I had to replace the alternator on a '16 with 36,200 miles on it (yes, less than a tank of gas out of warranty). They sure did not skimp on the number of fasteners in that fender splash shield. 3 - 8mm bolts under the front, 7 - smaller hex headed screws, and a pile of screw headed expansion plugs. I did not have to remove the upper radiator hose, but the entire fan assembly did have to come out to make room to replace the alternator. It's held in with a 15mm bolt on the bottom, and a 15mm nut that threads on to the upper stud (8mm, if I recall correctly) to get the stud removed. It's a small consolation that the fan assembly is held in with only two bolts, it took quite a bit of time to get it all removed and replaced. That did appear to address the problem for me however. Before swapping it out, I was getting Check Charging System warnings and chimes, and the battery light would appear on the left side display. Measured voltage while running was only 11.8 volts max.
       
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