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Old 05-19-2016
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Alternator question

About how long should it take a mechanic to change out the alternator on my 2000 Ranger?
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Trouble shoot or just remove and replace(R&R)?

R&R would be an hour minimum charge, takes about 15-20 minutes
1. open drivers door and pull hood release
2. open hood
3. disconnect battery "+" cable
4. loosen belt tensioner, remove belt from alternator
5. remove B+ cable on alternator
6. unplug voltage regulator connector
7. remove 3 bolts holding alternator
8. remove alternator
9. install new alternator
10. install and tighten 3 bolts
11. reconnect voltage regulator connector
12. reconnect B+
13. loosen tensioner and reinstall belt on alternator
14. reconnect battery
15. turn on key, battery light should be on
16. start engine battery light should be off
17. close hood
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With Ron D's step by step why bother involving a mechanic?
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An alternator is ridiculously easy to replace on the 3.0. If you'd rather have a video, here's a guy installing an alternator on a 2001 Mazda B3000/Ford Ranger, who also has a 3.0.

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Even with little mechanical skills, you should able to do it with those tips above.
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Something I'll throw in, you don't have to have a torque wrench. I snugged mine by feel (like everything else) and it's just fine. Should you torque it properly? Yeah, probably. Do you have to? No, this isn't a critical component that MUST be torqued to the ever so precise amount, or something TERRIBLE will happen.
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