I have owned my 57plate x-type 2.0D S for about two months...very pleased with it until yesterday morning when I'd nipped to the shops about 1.5 mile and started to smell what only could be discribed as burning wires and plastic very harsh to the nose ... Panic set in popped the bonnet with it raining a few drops of water landed on the alternator and instantly boiled.. And I found the smell... After all my years I have never seen an alternator frying itself... I could see the copper coils inside was a purple and black color and very very hot... Anyway long story short. Car was dead this morning... Jump started and it died in less than a minute... Read posts on here to replace alternator.. . Good tips and advice..
This is how I did it..
1x spring clamp for compressing suspension springs
1x wheel brace with wheel trim repair (see Pics)
No removal of track rod or ball joint to lower arm.
Remove heat sheald from torbo
All I did was remove vent cover from alternator and jiggle it free from top .. Keep an eye out for the fuel line from fuel filter..
Very few tools needed.. Even a ratchet strap will do if you hook it in right place... I lent mine out hence this option.