Verifying a Ford Contour Alternator Malfunction Car accessories such as headlights, radio, and air conditioning system are capable of functioning because of the electricity transmitted to them by the alternator. Right wheel bearing had to be replaced. Then, when the car is turned on, the battery should read within 14 to 15 volts. Here are some problems that could help you identify a Ford Contour alternator malfunction: Worn-out belt If you hear a clanging or rattling sound, it is most likely due to a worn-out alternator belt. An improperly tightened belt could actually cause a decrease in the alternator's power output. Once I realized I had a large drain I went looking for it.
Make sure that there is enough current flowing from the alternator to the battery and that there is some positive voltage in all the terminals. The Ford dealership does not understand why I am having all these problems. The alternator in your Ford Contour is responsible for turning the mechanical energy of your engine's rotating crankshaft into usable electricity for each of your car's different electrical components. Replace them if necessary and clean the brush holders as well. It seems like its not getting enough gas before it stalls. Measure its voltage with a voltmeter.
My ford contour is doing the same exact thing. Check the fuse as well if it is blown. About a month ago the car when started in the morning would stall unless you kept your foot on the gas for several minutes, then it would run fine. Also, inspect the cables connecting the battery and the alternator for damage, burns, or cuts. The alternator's current should read between 13. A malfunction in this device is often confused with problems in the battery since these two components work closely together. An easy way to find this is to open the trunk and if the light is hot then it has been on, lighting up the dark and draining the battery.
Problems with the engine light coming on and the servicing dept at the Ford dealer and other auto servicing center could not figure out why to this day it is on. My car runs worse than any used car I have ever owned! Also, filling up with gasoline vehicle will smell for long time. Also the key gets stuck and the car will stay stuck in Drive until you jumpstart it. The wheel and brakes got stiff, and then any random light will come on and start blinking. I have files that tell you how to replace the the alternator I can e-mail to you.
And while you're at it, check the rectifier with an ohmmeter as well. I really would like a response to this matter. That's why it is important to check your alternator regularly and be aware of its condition-it would help you deal with the problem before it worsens. Turn on the headlights and other accessories, and the reading should drop around 13 volts. In April 1999 dash lights and tail lights quit working - had headlight switch replaced. I will help you in any way I can to clear up all of these problems.
It was the light switch. I checked the cables connected to the alternator and they all work. The Contour performance alternators we carry last longer than standard alternators because their brushes carry a small field current. I need to learn to read modern amp meter. They should be made to take back all Contour and give us a safer car for us and our families to drive. Alternator, battery, starter, wiring harness, speed sensor and oxygen sensor were all changed.
If the voltage fluctuates once you accelerate, there really is a problem with the alternator. When air is on smells come through really strong from other cars. Hmm The cables came in but I can't install the starter and cables as there is no room to work I will have to call a mechanic. Bearings Check the needle bearings in the alternator if they have already broken down, possibly due to dirt and heat. However, determining a defective alternator may be a tricky job. I hope I gave enough information and that I would be able to get an answer. To ensure that you have a good Ford Contour alternator, check the following components for damage or failure: Wires Inspect the wires and the alternator for faults.
Without a properly functioning alternator, you are bound to encounter problems in your car's operation. Repair or replace them as needed. Brushes Examine the brushes and assess if they are dirty, damaged, or worn out. Make sure you pay attention to the slip rings, too. I took off the Battery cables and found that they were tightly tie wrapped together and the insulation had melted and welded the plastic insulation of the postive and negative cables together.
What can be causing the alternator to stop working? What can be the problem? I appreciate that you have this web site that I can voice my concerns, problems with the Ford and feel someone may pay attention before someone is hurt in these cars as have been many with the tire situation. In July 1998 had to replace alternator. Aug 1, 2009 Car won't start. Takes several times to try and open. This is the worse car I have ever owned and will never own another Ford car or truck again. Damaged components Check the bolts holding down the alternator, which should be secured tightly to the engine. Inspect it for damage and closely observe if it slips or has become loose, which could affect the speed of the alternator.