Thursday, August 7

2005 Ford Focus alternator R&R: Part 3

Yes this is what the heat shield looked like after it was bent out of the way to allow me to remove the alternator. Not a pretty sight but there just didn't seem to be another way to do it. If anyone else has a better idea I'll listen. Being careful to bend it without weakening or tearing it too badly to bend it back into shape once the alternator was replaced was a primary concern.An overview of the engine compartment after the alternator was removed. What used to be a minor operation for cars years ago has become something of a nightmare. I was undaunted.A closer view of the empty cavity where the alternator fits. Removing it from above is really the only option as the left axle half would have to be removed to extract it below.While it was in this state I took the occasion to heat shield the A/C hoses by covering them in aluminum tape. Poor Ford design results in these hoses being exposed to excess heat from the exhaust manifold, even with the manifold heat sheild in place.A before and after picture of the alternator. Auto Electric in Marietta, GA did a thorough job.Once the repaired alternator was replaced, the test meter shows the results with the engine running. Charging system working in the green OK range again. Even with a few scratches and wounds, a money savings of around $400 is worth it.

16 comments:

Triton said...

Man, that's a big hassle you went through.

I hate cars.

Elmo Q. Shangnaster said...

It was, and over an alternator no less.

I've replaced a clutch in a Ford Aerostar (yes, a mini-van with a 5 speed manual. I was told it was one of 6 in Georgia.) and it wasn't this difficult.

Other than blogging, working on the family cars is my "hobby".

SpikeMike said...

thank you for the very thorough instruction. i was really intimidated by this job, but looking at this post really helped me accomplish the job on my '06 focus.

Chailor said...

it will come out from below without removing the heat shield. its the same concept remove the motor mounts and rock the bottom of the engine forward this will give you enough room to slide the alternator out. trust me i just did it.

Elmo Q. Shangnaster said...

I believe you, Chailor, it's just that it seemed very difficult to do it from beneath.

God forbid, but if I ever have occasion to do something like this again I'll remember your advice.

sadieml said...

my husband and i are doing the same thing to our ford focus, stuck on getting a bolt off to get to the alternator. how did you get it?

Anonymous said...

I agree with Chailor that from below is the way to do it, I was able to get the alternator out behind the axle with only removing the side motor mount and a little bit of the muffler heat shielding.

Big time thanks to Elmo for posting the guide, I probably wouldn't have even tried this repair myself if I hadn't found this page.

Elmo Q. Shangnaster said...

Anon, that's the reason I posted this in the first place.

At the time, I found nothing on the web and very little in AllData Pro on doing this. Doing the job and posting it here, I hope, serves as encouragement to anyone like y'all considering it.

Go fer it!

Anonymous said...

So, how did you get the heat shield back on?

I would personally like to thank Ford for f**king the DIY folks for making stuff so crazy you almost have to take it to a dealership to get fix.

Elmo Q. Shangnaster said...

Getting the heat shield back on was tough. Essentially I had bent and deformed it to get it out, so I just reshaped it as best I could to get it back in place. I wasn't easy, but it worked.

Anonymous said...

Thank you from 2012 for posting this! Saved me hundreds of $. Auto Zone had the alternator for 159.99 (110amp) and replaced the serpentine belt while it was off. I inspected all the battery to alternator cables and they looked great with no burns, tears ect...
Add new spark plugs + oils & filter change while the hood was open and the jalopy was on stands. Spent a total of $242 and she runs great. Next up is the transmission fluid flush.

It was easy as others said to just take it from the bottom without removing the heat shield. Also buy some extra plastic clips for the fender well guard. Those break easily!

Elmo Q. Shangnaster said...

Of all the things I wrote about in this blog this alternator R&R got and continues to get most of the comments.
Maybe I should've gone in a different direction with it.
I guess people with 2005 Foci are still having the same difficulty finding how to do this. Judging from the number of comments I've gotten on pulling the alternator down as opposed to pulling it up I guess that is the better way, but at the time I did this I couldn't find any documentation one way or the other. Live and learn, I suppose.
Thanks for all the comments and I'm glad if it was a help.

SilverBullet said...

This morning, my alternator decided to blow white smoke. After looking over many blog posts, i decided i have scraped one knuckle too many, and took the focus to the local megalo-auto-shop. Being slightly cheaper than the dealer i have approved them to replace the alternator, belt and tensioner, along with minor wire repairs, a total whopping $775 incl tax.. Maybe next time, as my knuckles have healed, i will attempt to replace it myself, possibly from below :). Also, may i post a link to this blog on focusfanatics.com ?

Elmo Q. Shangnaster said...

Silver,

Be my guest.

BTW, I guess I'm a glutton for punishment. I've since gotten rid of my 2005 Focus and went to a 2010 Focus. Just didn't want to help Government Motors, but did want to support an American manufacturer.

zerg8784 said...

I actually checked out this blog before I did this job and it was a very good tutorial. Only, I didn't think it was hard as everyone mentioned. It was a 2005 Ford Focus SE. I did everything mentioned above minus the lower engine mount. I figured there had to be an easier way. I actually removed the upper and slid the motor as far forward as possible. I also remove the upper stud mounted in the block for easier removal and install. Worked out very well for me and had this done in 3 hours. Very helpful tutorial and well appreciated.

Chris Maki said...

Great instructions! Saved my bacon in replacing the alternator on our focus.