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98 windstar: changing the alternator

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changing the alternator on a 98 windstar... how can I get the belt on? The alternator first or the belt first ... is there someway to adjust it?
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  davehop replied 7 years ago.
Hello and welcome to JA, what size engine do you have in your w/star?
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
Which is the biggest? 4.3 l, V6
Expert:  davehop replied 7 years ago.
In 1998, there was either the 3.0L or the 3.8L.
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
wife just confirmed that it is a 3.8 l
Expert:  davehop replied 7 years ago.

ok, i will send the procedure from the shop manual, the belt has an automatic tensioner, so there is no adjustment.




    Using a 15 mm socket or wrench attached on drive belt tensioner pulley bolt. Rotate drive belt tensioner (6B209) clockwise to remove drive belt from pulleys.



Expert:  davehop replied 7 years ago.

3.8L Engine


  1. Disconnect battery ground cable . Refer to Section 14-01.

  1. Disconnect wire harness attachments to the generator .

  1. Remove drive belt . Refer to Section 03-05.

  1. Remove three attaching bolts and generator .


  1. Follow removal procedure in reverse order.

  1. Tighten bolts to 40-55 Nm (30-41 lb-ft). graphic

Customer: replied 7 years ago.

so I just need to turn the drive belt tensioner pulley and what it loosens? Taking it off was not a problem but there is at least a 3 cm difference between where the belt is and the top of the generator pulley


Expert:  davehop replied 7 years ago.
When you turn the bolt on the pulley, it engages the spring inside the tensioner and allows the pulley to move and let some slack in the belt, then you slip the belt off of the non grooved pulley, and replace the alternator, then route the belt on all pulleys except the smooth one, and turn the tensioner and slide the belt back on the smooth pulley, then inspect before starting.
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Customer: replied 7 years ago.

Kewl! that was now crystal clear, not being a full-time mechanic I had to make sure I understood it 100%. Thanks for your time and expertise. The diagram made it all real!


Expert:  davehop replied 7 years ago.
Glad to help, please leave feedback if you are satisfied.
Expert:  davehop replied 7 years ago.
you must have misunderstood, you should have contacted me back for more help before leaving negative feedback, please retract if possible,