Common Alternator FAQ’s
Cost always depends on the type of vehicle that needs the new alternator. Typically, it costs between $400-$600 to replace a faulty alternator with parts and labour. However, this price usually reflects a remanufactured alternator. New alternators can run you approximately $500 to $1000, again, depending on the type of vehicle you have. Bring your car into our service station for a quote today!
Typically, if you were to replace your alternator on your own with limited knowledge, it would take approximately 2 hours. With the skillset and equipment available at Automotive Hospital, our team will have your alternator replaced in no time. Take advantage of our loaner autos, drop yours off, and get it back by the end of the day!
There are many signs to look for in your car that would point to your alternator going bad. These are some of the most common symptoms.
- Dim lights – Dim or flickering lights in your dash, centre dome light, or headlights
- Service Engine Light – Your “ALT” or Check Engine” light may come on as an indication
- Odd noises – Depending on what gets affected by your alternator going bad, grinding, grounding, or squealing sounds may come fr5om your car
- Electrical issues – Power seats, windows, and your radio may slow down or stop working
- Engine stalling – The engine suddenly cuts during driving
- Dead battery – Your vehicle quickly uses up all of the battery’s capacity without a functioning alternator
One of the most common symptoms of a failing car battery is a slow engine crank. When you hear the engine of your car cranking slowly, take your car into Automotive Hospital and we can have a look at it for you!
Yes, you can! When you jump your car, you are essentially charging the battery, which makes all electrical components function correctly. This will be short-lived with a faulty alternator, so be sure to get it looked at and replaced if necessary, at Automotive Hospital!
A simple test can be done to see which of the car’s components are faulty. You can do this by running your automobile and then unplugging the positive connection to the battery. If the car stops, the problem most certainly lies with the alternator.
The alternate warning light on your car’s dash is indicated by a red battery. If this appears during the use of multiple electrical functions in your car, then it is a sure sign that the alternator needs to be replaced. Bring your vehicle to Automotive Hospital and we can check your car and any warning lights that are on!
When an alternator starts to fail, it is unable to produce enough power to consistently work everything in your vehicle. If you experience moments where your headlights dim and then start shining brightly, it is time for a replacement. Our car care centre can help you whip your car back into shape with an alternator replacement and repair service!
Especially with modern cars, this can occur. Modern vehicles require a steady stream of electrical current in order to run properly. Drops in electrical output due to a faulty alternator can result in a poorly running engine. Signs of this can be a rough idle, trouble accelerating, stalling, and misfires. If you notice a rough idle or poor acceleration in your car, let the experts at Automotive Hospital have a look!
While it is the battery’s job to start the car, it is the alternator’s job to keep it running. Alternators should last approximately 7 years or 100,000 miles. Some last longer and some can die a bit sooner, but if you are hitting your 5-year mark, it may be time to bring your vehicle in for a check!