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Not So Nice Tribute to a 2003 Mazda

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Kevslatvin
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I feel your pain
Kevslatvin   5/13/2015 5:54:39 PM
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My wife has a2001 Tribute. This may be splitting hairs but it is really just a rebadged Ford Escape. Pretty sure the engine design is Ford. Anyway I'm on my 3rd alternator. I hate changing axles but luckily found a local shop that did it for $70. I supplied the part. Upon further investigation on the internet. Apparently these alternators fail quiet often. Some suspect it is the heat from being somewhat under the rear cylinders exhaust manifold and above the pipe from the front manifold. Had a misfire issue once so I just shotgunned it and replaced all 3 coils that live under that upper intake manifold/. It was worth the extra $50 so I wouldn't have to take it off three times.

dox
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? Difficult Task ?
dox   4/13/2015 4:36:50 PM
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Damn straight it's difficult... I'd say it's impossible!

If anyone asked me to "replace the alternator with a 3-liter V6" I'd ask if I could just put a replacement alternator in instead...

Critic
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2003 F-150 Oil Leak
Critic   4/13/2015 12:05:55 PM
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Sometimes it's more economical to just let the oil drip from an older vehicle (12 years in this case). When it gets all over the underside of the truck, it will help prevent rusting.  Usually oil pan leaks aren't too bad, and there is little danger of running the engine out of oil because the oil pan flange is above the oil sump.  If the oil were leaking from the drain plug or part of the pressurized system, then I would be more concerned.

I have twice experienced oil leaks from failed oil pressure senders of a Mustang.  When the oil pressure sender fails, oil sprays out (until there is none left).  Fortunately the driver of my Mustang informed me about the oil leaks (he noticed a large puddle of oil where he parked) before the engine was destroyed. 

Generally if oil consumption is less than a quart every 800 - 1,000 miles, then it is nothing to get too excited about (or spend $700 to fix), if you check the oil frequently.  To each his own, though- some people are very meticulous when it comes to maintaining their vehicles.

Sometimes it is easier to remove the engine from the vehicle to work on it.  It takes a few hours to remove the engine from an F-150 (and a few hours to put it back in), but working on the engine is much more pleasant when it's not in the truck.  At 12 years, it might be time to replace all engine gaskets and seals, anyway.  Doing them all at once is less expensive than paying labor to have each one replaced individually! 

perry
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ford f-150 pickup
perry   4/13/2015 9:40:09 AM
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I have a 2003 ford f150 pickup with standard transmission.  The oil pan gaslet leaks.  So how much would it cost to have it replaced ?  Try over $700...mostly all labor.  Remove transmission, unbolt motor mounts and jack up the motor.  Remember the days when you could see the oil pan ?

 

Larry M
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Re: Cheap Automotive Repair Parts
Larry M   4/10/2015 1:23:53 PM
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Critic wrote "It is often possible to find inexpensive car parts, but it is important to consider the quality of the parts.  Depending on the part, it is sometimes better to bite the bullet and buy the OEM's part rather than a cheap Chinese copy.  Sometimes parts look the same, but the materials and quality control can be vastly different!  The same is true of appliance parts, of course."

Indeed. I'm about to replace the washing machine drive belt with a factory part. The third-party belt continues to stretch and squeal through repeated retightenings.

 

 

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Cheap Automotive Repair Parts
Critic   4/10/2015 9:26:15 AM
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It is often possible to find inexpensive car parts, but it is important to consider the quality of the parts.  Depending on the part, it is sometimes better to bite the bullet and buy the OEM's part rather than a cheap Chinese copy.  Sometimes parts look the same, but the materials and quality control can be vastly different!  The same is true of appliance parts, of course.

Quietcat
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Re: alternator replacement
Quietcat   4/10/2015 8:51:01 AM
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With the full  lifting front endyou could sit on the front tyre to do almost all upper service jobs on the Trumph Spitfire. The cluch was changed from inside the car as the transmission tunnel was  bolted on. - I did mine once in the rain !

oldtimer8080
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Re: alternator replacement
oldtimer8080   4/10/2015 2:58:13 AM
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Remember the XJ12L? The bonnet was also hinged at the front.  Still an easy access to the GM supplied aircon pump in the vee of that 60 degree 12 cylinder engine. Get a GMALT conversion and bolt on a stock GM alternator with twice the amperage of the Bosch 65A stock alternator.

Replace the other LUCAS bits with good American speed shop items and you have a daily driver that is fun to drive too. No terrible timing belts, even on the XJ6. no bicycle sized chains on the MITSU supplied Caravan 4 banger, one of the dirtiest engines ever mass produced.

Even the older British sports cars were easier to work on. The Tiger had a rubber bung placed inside the footwell to change that last sparkplug on that Ford V8.

I won't even get started on how easy it is to take care of an older Series  Land Rover ....

Fra78
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Re: alternator replacement
Fra78   4/10/2015 1:20:51 AM
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Remember the E-Type Jaguar and the Triumph Spitfire of the sixties ?

https://jaguarxke.files.wordpress.com/2010/11/jagrebuild-024.jpg

Larry M
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Re: alternator replacement
Larry M   4/9/2015 11:03:38 PM
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You can probably do it, William, but it will be ugly. Expect to lose some skin from the backs of your hands.

Once you pull the vibration dampener (through the wheel well) you will probably find that the timing belt dust cover is split in two parts. One comes out from the top and the other from the bottom. The belt tenisoner is probably just above the frame horn and can be reached from the top somewhat easily. My 1992 Mitsubishi Expo LRV (250 K miles) is built this way.

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