How to Replace the Alternator on a 1997 Ford Explorer | It The alternator in your 1997 Ford Explorer is responsible for keeping the vehicle's battery fully charged. The alternator also powers the vehicle's electrical components, which consist in part of the radio, headlights and windshield wipers. If the alternator fails, the electrical I am looking for a 1997 Ford Explorer Alternator wiring Jul 01, 20081997 ford explorer: cyl.alternator light stays meter I have a 1997 ford explorer 6 cyl. I just replaced the alternator and battery but the light stays on and the volt meter is reading at low volts. any ideas what else it could be?