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Old 05-02-2011, 06:13   #1 (permalink)
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1999 vs 1998 Explorer

Hi, Im going to have to change out the alternator on my 1999 Explorer as its not charging (checked with multimeter, etc.)

Anyway, I saw on Utube a video of a guy changing out the alternator on his 1998 Explorer.

Is there any difference between the 1998 and 1999 Explorers? My 1999 is a 4.0L, SOHC.

Also, how much time does it usually take to change out the alternator? An hour?

Finally, would now be a good time to change out the serpentine belt as well? While the belt looks fine, I think its been a few years since it was changed out. I figured that since it has to be loosened up anyway, I might as well do that as well.

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Well, I changed out the alternator and serpentine belt last night. It took about an hour.

It solved the charging problem as was proven by the multimeter readings.

The only question I have now is, is it normal to have a bit of whining noise for a new alternator and new belt?

I drove it for 5-10 minutes and it seemed to quiet down more.

Will the noise go away over time as the belt stretches a bit and the alternator loosens up some? I guess Ill know in a few weeks, huh? Just curious is others had the same thing.

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Old 05-03-2011, 09:57   #3 (permalink)
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Make sure the belt is in all of the grooves. You could turn all of the accessories when the belt is off to see if any have bad bearings. The belt shouldn't have to be broke in.
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Old 05-03-2011, 10:01   #4 (permalink)
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Bert beat me to it lol
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