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Old 12-20-2007
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mud in the alternator

A couple weeks ago I went out mudding and I guess I got to much mud in the alternator and it stopped working. I cleaned it all up and took it to the dealer and they fixed it under warrenty but I was just wondering if this has happend to anyone else and if it has how did you fix it so it wont happen again? also it is a 06 3.0
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Old 12-21-2007
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Mud in the alternator??? You must have burried the truck, or hit a watered-down mud puddle fast enough to splash mud into it! The one and only way to avoid this in the future is to avoid the puddles that swamp the alternator!
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I've done the same thing and wasted an alternator. I now carry a spare. Actually bryanjints here on the board got the regulator out of my spare to use to get going when his crapped out on an offroad trip.

I never got mine to work properly again. I think it kills the regulators somehow. Shield it as best you can by extending the inner fender guard forward and down to the frame with something. I did that and no more problems.
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Old 12-22-2007
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I've done the same thing and wasted an alternator. I now carry a spare. Actually bryanjints here on the board got the regulator out of my spare to use to get going when his crapped out on an offroad trip.

I never got mine to work properly again. I think it kills the regulators somehow. Shield it as best you can by extending the inner fender guard forward and down to the frame with something. I did that and no more problems.
What did you do to extend the fender guard? and i have a body lift so that probably makes it worse because the stock guards up 3" more now
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I used some silicone rubber sheeting -- very strong but quite flexible. Not sure where to get it as we had it laying around work. It was blue and about 1/8" to 3/16" thick.

I think there should be a lot of materials you could use though if you improvise. Just be sure to extend it as far forward on the frame as you can.

Body lifts do aggravate the problem for sure.

My current alternator I got a problem with (I'm on my 4th one but the latest one was to up the amperage for winching and lights) when it got chunks of mud in it. The pieces broke one of the rotor wires loose from a metal piece it's soldered to. I resoldered it and it's been fine so far.

That convinced me to get that piece in there well because it was coming loose. I drilled holes in the frame and used a big sheet metal screw and washers to retain it up front -- the push in plastic thingy's Ford uses rip out too easily.

Currently it's not in place, but I'm not mudding yet in the truck.
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is the truck 4x4?

try finding a factory front skid plate. this will help a little also
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