Not a bad idea. Mine has the GT parking brake cable that seems to have reached it's adjustable limit. Are the GT and regular Escort PBC's the same length and same attachment ends?This thread reminded me to buy a couple of sets handbrake cables, just to have spares for my little fleet of Escorts! Nice to learn that the base model LX cables are the same for the early (92) and later (94) brakes.
It was under warranty from Autozone. Lasted 3 years and some change so maybe this one will be the same.Me; I would try to undo the tiny torx head screws, which are often solidly corroded in place. If you can remove them, you can look at the brushes, and at the slip rings. I have seen an alt or two that was still working fine, but the sliprings were worn down a millimeter or two.
In that case, I figure the bearings in the alternator are likely well worn also, and just get a rebuilt one.
Then I make a note of the mileage and date when I replaced it, in my journal for that Escort.
I avoid AutoZone replacements the same way I avoid covid-19. in fact I usually order them fron rockauto(dot)com.
@Gamer92 - That alternator looks like it burnt up. My second gen would burn up alternators because the ground between alternator casing and battery was weak. With all accessories running, rear defrost, A/C and blower on max, high beams, brake lights, engine at 3,000 RPM and anything else you can think to turn on, test voltage drop between alternator casing and battery negative post. What I initially thought to be an "alternator not charging" issue, turned out to be a "keep torching alternators" issue. https://www.feoa.net/threads/alternator-not-charging.91409/#post-836929
As long as the commutator and bearings are in good condition, plus the stator coil windings have the proper resistance range, the only part most alternators need are a set of replacement brushes. The rectifier/regulator assemblies probably rarely fail and like the brushes, are easily/cheaply replaceable. @FordMan59 turned me onto that. In your case though, it looks burnt... and those stator coils are likely done... which means replace the alternator.
Wow! You must have a Time Machine!After sitting a few years, have to send the old tracer to the scraper. First car and a damn good one, even after 2 engine rebuilds. Thrust bearing failure took it out back in 3017 and wasn’t gonna rebuild it again plus rockets were rusting at that point . Maybe someday I’ll find another 4 door but for now the ZX2 will do