Just another Mark VIII charging system story...

Lincoln Mark VIII

  1. driller

    driller Dedicated LVC Member

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    Nope, unless the belt is slipping like crazy which would be obvious.
     
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    Abbens Well-Known LVC Member

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    on my 95 when its night time and the car is at idle the battery light is on but its dim. the moment I hit the gas either in park or when driving the light goes off. I hit system check no problem with voltage. I took out my dvom and it said when car was idle 13.7 when I know it should be higher so I will check if it that fuse good thing this thread was bumped thanks.
     
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    When the 1 year old alt on my car died when I first got it, it took out the 1 yr old battery as well. The battery tested borderline ok after, but would not hold a charge after so I replaced it at the same time...
    I'm not to fond of Motorcraft batteries (although I did get another), but I'd definately stick with an OEM alternator.

    Also check the connectors to the alt as well to see if they are degrading or loose, same with all the battery/ground connections...
     
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    XLRVIII Dedicated LVC Member

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    If you put a reman alternator on your car, it's very likely you will be putting another one on in a very short time.

    In my case, on my first gen.. I had a lifetime warranty Orielly's Auto Parts Alternator.
    They would die just about 1 year later, TO THE DAY.

    I just swapped them in oreilly's parking lot and give them a SMOKING HOT alternator. I tell them everytime "becareful it's hot" and the dumbasses reach down and grab it EVERYTIME.
    (lol)

    Changing the Alternator is a 10 minute job, pulling the belt is the hardest part.

    you have two choices, get a NEW motorcraft Alternator.. or go buy a "second reman alternator" and chunk it in the trunk for a spare.
     
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    ford nut Local nut case

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    I got my reman from Max :)
    No problems.
    If you dont go PA go to Max for a reman.
    You will do better off then any abz auto part joint.
     
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    mespock Marxists - Socialists

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    I always keep an Alt on the shelf. Good luck Debi...

    I just wouldn't be right without the fustrations LOL...
     
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    XLRVIII Dedicated LVC Member

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    +1 for Max!
     
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    MsM8tress Dedicated LVC Member

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    I LOVE MAX - he is an EXTREME LVC Hottie!!!

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    mespock Marxists - Socialists

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    A #1 Max..
     
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    JMiles_T Dedicated LVC Member

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    I bought one of those voltage monitors that plugs into a cigarette lighter socket. $16 at Amazon.

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    That's what I've done. Thankfully, I haven't needed it yet.
     
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    MsM8tress Dedicated LVC Member

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    dang it...I cant get past takin off the stupid belt.....crap.....it's as obvious as it looks right, there is a gap in the bracket that holds the pully tight, I pull it counter clock wise if standing in front of the alt correct..?.....gerrrrrr...lol got it
     
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    I bought a 200 amp alternator on ebay from this seller;

    http://members.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewUserPage&userid=dbelectrical

    it was around $200, and I bought a new battery-it solved my alternator problems (hopefully forever) but I did get my old alternator rebuilt and it is on the shelf, ready to go into service at a moments notice:D

    After 6+ years of Mark ownership (2 different cars) I know these were not meant to be everyday drivers:eek:
     
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    Look at the belt tensioner arm {passenger side of the engine}

    there is a 1/2 square hole that just so happens to fit nicely with a 1/2 drive ratchet.

    when you attach the ratchet handle TO the tensioner arm you push the ratchet handle towards the drivers side of the car to release the tension on the belt.

    you are correct.. the belt removal is the hardest part of the job
     
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    MsM8tress Dedicated LVC Member

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    Whawooooooo!!!!! Driller you are a good teacher - thanks XLRVIII! The silly little connector thing to something was in my way not letting me pull the tensioner back far enough - but got it off - got it on, now to return the old one ;) oh yeah....and find my hands under all this wonderful grime!!!!!

    I love you guys!!!

    SMOOCHES!!!!
     
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    friend of mine bought exacty that item.. disassembled it.. wired it to the backside of the lighter and put the display where his traction control button "isnt".. {his car doesnt have TC)
     
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    MsM8tress Dedicated LVC Member

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    that would be interesting to see - next time your in there ask him if it's ok if you share and take a pic to post, Id like to see.... hehhe whats new! lol

    mmtphoto - I will remember that , my 95 is wanting another alt too, I will take the reman in my 96 put it in her and get the better alt for my 96...(shhhhh...dont tell her, the 95!)

    MsM8
     
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    mmtphoto Well-Known LVC Member

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    with the 200 amp they recommend you install a 4 gauge wire and run it from the alternator post to the + post on the battery- When I ordered mine, it took about a week to get it because they do the rebuild after the purchase, so if you are in a hurry, figure on that.

    There is no core charge, so the one I took off got rebuilt by a guy here locally, and it was upgraded also, cost me $73 and sits on a shelf in my garage, ready to go when needed. Lincolns need spare parts. siblings get jealous.
     
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    Wow I’m having this issue now with my 97 LSC ... just did alternator and 3 days later battery light comes on again ! I got the battery removed and new one in the trunk of my other vehicle. ! But I’m checking that damn fuse box in the morning !
     

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