Originally Posted by Cowracer
No. its because speed (and cost) of assembly rules the roost in automotive plants. You design a system that was 3 parts that had to be bolted together and is now two parts which saves 6 seconds of assembly time and 37 cents in cost, you will get a nice letter of praise in your file and bonus, and a dinner out with the wife at a expensive restaurant on the company nickle.
Design something that makes it easier on the owner to service but costs an extra 15 seconds on the line to assemble, and you would get career counseling.
save 6 seconds and 37 cents so they can make it up on the back end
first remove positive battery cable from battery. Then remove front passenger tire, then remove strut and hub, then remove cv axle undo two mounting bolts from bottom, once this is done access to three mounting bracket bolts. to remove mounting bracket then slide alternator btwn frame and engine and replace, have fun this takes avg 4-5 hours!
i found out that if you take out the oil filter u can get to the bolts with easy access. it beats taking of the drive shaft. once the bracket is off you can take it out from the top. it would be easier if you unbolt the tension assembly. it took me about 2 hours to do all this and put back together. $20 extra bucks for the oil beats the extra hours i would have to put into working on the car. have fun
It is possible to remove it from the top of the engine. I know this becasue i just accomplished this in under 3 hours. Start to finish with a coffee break in between. If you want to know exactly how i did it feel free to email me email@example.com
03 ford escape v6
3 hrs for an altenatar swap? remove front wheel and hub/axle assembly? where again is the engineer who designed this? i understand the packaging deal, but this is a service item, most likely to go out while you still own the car (thats out of warrenty).
please bring engineer head on platter. doesnt even have to be the good stuff either