Rescuing a damsel in distress was not supposed to be part of my weekend last Sunday. My wife had gone about 170 miles from home to pick up our granddaughter for a week in cool Colorado. Her Escape refused to crank after she filled it with gas. Of course she called me. I drove the 170 miles to get her and our granddaughter since nothing was going to get in the way of our leaving the next morning for our week. The Escape was towed to our son’s house since leaving it at the stop & rob for the week was out of the question.
So my question is this. Can I expect to find changing the alternator in our son’s drive way a difficult task? I have a good jack and stands to put it on. I changed one on a DOHC 6 Taurus once, and it was a bear getting the alternator out from between the engine and the body/ frame. The engines are very similar. I’ve been under this Escape probably 30 times to change the oil, but never looked at the alternator from that side to assess a possible future R&R.
Oh, I’m pretty sure it’s the alternator as the engine will start and run as long as it’s being jumped, but dies seconds after the jumper is removed. I brought the battery home and charged it. It tests fine .