2004 Ford Escape Q&A
2004 Ford Escape Question: How do you change out the alternator?
Well first of all un hook the battery cables. Take the belt of around the alt. and unblolt it from the engine,then if it has a removable pulley remove it form the alt. Then put it back on the new alt. and follow the steps in reverse,or go to Auto Zone.com and sighn up for there free online service books its free and it will show you step by step also haw to remove and install a alt. - Field Mechanic 3140
I wish it was as easy as Field Mechanic say's. The alternator needs to be removed through the bottom of the engine. This requires removing the right side drive axel to access it. Some say you need to jack up the engine to get it out but I was able to change mine without loosening the motor mounts. It's not a fun job but if your mechanically inclined you should be able to handle it. - crazyswede
I have everything off but the driveaxle. Im not sure how to break it loose. In the manual it says to carefully pry it off with a pry bar or large screwdriver, but it seems like there is something e...