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1999 Mercury Cougar

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(1999 Mercury Cougar)
On a 1999 Mercury Cougar V-6 whats the likelyhood I'll be ably to replace the alternator without having to remove the halfshaft and exhaust y-pipe?
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on November 17, 2010
No need to remove the halfshaft and pipe. Just separate the outer tie rod end from the knuckle. Then remove the liner inside the wheel well. You will have access that way.
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on November 18, 2010
alright thanks. Yeah and maybe even unnecessary to seperate the outer tie rod end?
on November 18, 2010
You can be the judge there. I read the shop manual and that is a step they list early on. Even if you can sneak it out, sometimes it's best to give yourself more clearance. A little more effort on the front side can save you tons of headaches later. Good luck! That is definitely not a simple job.
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on November 17, 2010
No need to remove the halfshaft and pipe. Just separate the outer tie rod end from the knuckle. Then remove the liner inside the wheel well. You will have access that way.
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on November 18, 2010
alright thanks. Yeah and maybe even unnecessary to seperate the outer tie rod end?
on November 18, 2010
You can be the judge there. I read the shop manual and that is a step they list early on. Even if you can sneak it out, sometimes it's best to give yourself more clearance. A little more effort on the front side can save you tons of headaches later. Good luck! That is definitely not a simple job.
It can be done, but be prepared for a long day. First, you'll need at least 2 feet of extensions for your 3/8" ratchet. Also, at least one (preferably two) universal joints. I assume you've already got the passenger tire and the belt off, and you're marvelling at Mercury's wonderful idea to put the bolts backwards! I've worked on cars for more than 20 years and have never sworn so much as when doing this job. The bolts are RIGHT THERE! but you'll have to get all the way under the car and snake a bunch of extensions through the center of the car to be able to loosen them. I think there are only two, but it's been a while. Once you get the alternator to drop, if you turn it sideways, you can just fit it between the axle and the frame. Good luck!
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