How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site.
    Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Richard Your Own Question
Richard, ASE Certified Technician
Category: Ford
Satisfied Customers: 15510
Experience:  12 years at a Ford Lincoln/Mercury and Jaguar dealer as a technician and shop foreman.
Type Your Ford Question Here...
Richard is online now
A new question is answered every 9 seconds

Easiest way to replace the alternator on a 2004 Ford Freestar??

Customer Question

Easiest way to replace the alternator on a 2004 Ford Freestar??
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Richard replied 8 years ago.

Hello and welcome to


The alternator is fairly easy to replace. Here is the procedure.




NOTE: The 3.9L engine is shown, the 4.2L engine is similar.

  1. Disconnect the battery.
  2. Release the accessory drive belt tension and position the belt aside.



  1. Remove the parts in the order indicated in the illustration and table.

Item 3: Generator B+ Cable Nut Removal Note

  1. Position the cable boot aside to access the nut.


  1. To install, reverse the removal procedure.
  1. Remove the accessory drive belt.
    • Rotate the accessory drive belt tensioner counterclockwise.
    • Push the spring clip towards the belt tensioner to lock the accessory drive belt tensioner in place.