Now I know the title of this post is kind of a no-brainer. of course! Mud kills in open engine electronic. My issue is how low my alternator is in an FX4 off-road vehicle. There is probably a reason for didn't relocate the alternator but that doesn't mean I can't complain about it. Below I'm going to tell you what happened to my alternator, a brief summary on how to replace it, and then the video of where I think it might have died. if you guys are having any problems or have any questions please don't hesitate to ask I will answer as much as I can, but I have to preface that I am not a mechanic nor do I know a whole lot about vehicles. Most of what I've learned about vehicles have been in the past 2 years of my life working on my 2014 Honda Accord and my buddies 2017 Toyota Tacoma. Last weekend I took my truck to Richloam Wildlife Management Area with a off-roading group that I roll with. The mud there was crazy deep, I even went through deeper mud than what shown in this video. I find myself being very impulsive and I probably shouldn't have gone on this off-roading trip. How the rangers designed makes it a very good off-roading truck. One design flaw I found is sinking in mud. I know mud is bad for typically any vehicle if it's too much, but I find how low the rangers limit is a little headache inducing. I'm taking this truck up super steep inclines and other stuff that didn't think would even be possible to go through but if the mud is over the bottom of your door or mid tire that's too high and I find that annoying. Especially living in Florida or most of your off-roading is through mud. I don't plan on getting rid of this truck anytime soon, even though this minor hiccup happened I still find myself in love with this truck, it can still do mind-boggling things that I wouldn't think possible out of a stock truck. The problem I'm referring to is how low your alternator is, I know most small engines have the alternator lower than a V8 would. but I find myself scratching my head when I buy an off-road vehicle and the alternator is almost the lowest thing in your vehicle. So in the clip below I go to some crazy mud, and honestly it's pretty awesome I got through that. But it did at the end of the day cost me my alternator. When driving home from my alternator my battery light came on. I got scared but I had to get home and I still had another hour until I was home. I didn't know to turn off my AC on my radio or any other electronics in my vehicle so it all stayed on during the entire trip home. the first thing to go was my power steering. Below 5 miles per hour it was an extreme hassle to turn the truck. next thing to go was my phone charger and my GPS that are plugged into the 12 volts in the center console. the final thing to dip on me when I was at a red light almost home was my entire truck. Though my truck was on and in gear it refused to move an inch. All It did was rev but it would stay in place. I push it into the nearest gas station and took a voltage meter to my battery, it only had 10V so I disconnected my battery took it to an AutoZone and they told me that my cold cranking amps we're in enough to start my vehicle and that the battery was done for. I don't know if the battery and alternator died separately or together or because of each other by the way both died. the battery end up costing 200 bucks but I needed it now so I can get my vehicle home. Once I put it back in I was able to drive all the way home I turned off the AC my radio and unplugged everything and I was able to get home no problem. I still did not have power steering. Once I got home we determined through the evidence in the video, where the alternators located and the issues I was having that the problem was most likely my alternator. Going to get the alternator was a trip on its own, my friend had to take me to Jacksonville which is 3 hours away from where I live to get the nearest alternator for my truck, the only other alternator anywhere near was all the way in Texas. I can't fault Ford for that obviously because it's a brand new truck nobody expects you to kill the alternator 10,000 miles into owning your truck. When we got back home we started working on the truck immediately. First we unpluged the battery, when working on electronics in your vehicle always disconnect your battery. Since alternator is at the bottom you have to take off your Bash plates if you have them. you have two different serpentine belts running around the front of your truck, when looking from the front of your truck you want to loosen the right serpentine belt. There's a cover on top of the right serpentine belt that you have to take off, under that cover there is a bolt right beside the serpentine belt that you will have to put a nut on and pool to detention the serpentine belt. We left the serpentine belt tensioner tool in place pressing against the battery but you can do whatever works for you. once you have the belt off of the alternator you can start taking off bolts and taking out the alternator. There are four bolts total on your alternator and a plug with a safety pin in it,h you have to take off three of the bolts because you cannot reach the fourth one or unplug the safety pin where the cable is plugged into the alternator. once you get the three out have someone fish it out enough so you can see it from the top of your engine reach your arm down undo the bolt and stick a screwdriver on the red bit of the safety pin and pull out and it should be able to come out super easy. Once you finally get your new alternator, whenever that may be, have someone hold it from the bottom so you can put the last waltz you took off back on and plug in the cable with the safety pin. Once you have those on you can slowly push it into three different placeholders where the bolts were, there are two on the bottom and one on the top. once you get it in place you can put the nuts back on oh, we do not know the torque values I don't know if that's available online but we just twerked it super hand tight. detention your snake again and make sure everything is lined up the way you found it and then retention the snake. Once the belt is the way you found it and everything is bolted and plugged in correctly you can start your vehicle. When revving your serpentine belt might make a loud noise, it's pretty normal since they alternator would be brand new and never have a belt run on it before. If everything's working then put back on your Bash plates and you're done. Video of me going through deep mud (NOT RECOMMENDED): I hope this little walk through was helpful, I've never done anything like this before so sorry if it isn't worded or written the best. I assume that this problem will become more common place for the hard-core off-roaders. And if anyone finds a fix for it at all please let me know. Whether that would be an alternator relocator or an off-road alternator. Again please do not hesitate to ask me questions.