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Is rebuilding an alternator a DIY project?

Is rebuilding an alternator a DIY project?
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  1. Is it hard to rebuild an alternator?
  2. Can I replace alternator myself?
  3. How much does it cost to get your alternator rebuilt?
  4. How much should an alternator cost?
  5. Is it worth it to rebuild an alternator?
  6. How can I tell if my alternator is going bad?
  7. Is replacing an alternator expensive?
  8. How long can you drive with a bad alternator?
  9. What does a bad alternator sound like?

Is it hard to rebuild an alternator?

Rebuilding an alternator is a fairly simple procedure, which anyone with basic automotive knowledge can accomplish. Although the construction of some brands will vary slightly, the basic anatomy of an alternator consists of the same components. Follow these steps as you learn how to rebuild an alternator.

Can I replace alternator myself?

Replacing an alternator can cost you several hundred bucks at the local repair shop, but it's one of the simplest repairs you can do at home. With a few tools and about an hour you can swap it out yourself -- and keep your dough in your pocket where it belongs.

How much does it cost to get your alternator rebuilt?

A rebuilt alternator is about 200 dollars. The diode bridge costs 30 dollars, the regulator is 30 dollars.

How much should an alternator cost?

Alternators can average anywhere from $100 to $350 depending on make and model. Most vehicles will fall into the $350-400 range for the total job of alternator replacement if no other parts need to be replaced. If the serpentine belt gets tacked on, add another $20 to $50 to your bill.

Is it worth it to rebuild an alternator?

Yes, rebuild it. Stay away from the parts store garbage. Find a good alternator/generator shop and get a rebuild with quality bearings (or do it yourself, but you'll likely need a press). While you're in there ask about a rewind for a little more kick.

How can I tell if my alternator is going bad?

7 Signs of a Failing Alternator

  1. Dim or Overly Bright Lights. ...
  2. Dead Battery. ...
  3. Slow or Malfunctioning Accessories. ...
  4. Trouble Starting or Frequent Stalling. ...
  5. Growling or Whining Noises. ...
  6. Smell of Burning Rubber or Wires. ...
  7. Battery Warning Light on Dash.

Is replacing an alternator expensive?

Waits says the average price to replace an alternator with a remanufactured one is $400, while Gunning adds that a remanufactured alternator on a typical, domestic car, costs about $300 to $500, including parts and labor. The price of a new alternator can run from $500 to $1,000.

How long can you drive with a bad alternator?

You can probably make it about 3-4 miles. Had a belt shred on an old acura, it made it home from about 3 miles out with no problems. How long was the drive on just the battery? My alternator failed me once and I drove about 28 miles at night before the car ran out of juice.

What does a bad alternator sound like?

Whining and Grinding Sounds

If your alternator is failing, you could hear a few abnormal noises. If you hear a small rattling or grinding sound when your engine is running, this could be caused by a loose bearing in your alternator.

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