Alternator repairs

Sydney’s leading car servicing specialists

How do you know your alternator is starting to fail?

Our professional team at Automotive Hospital is prepared to handle your alternator repairs within one day! Bring your vehicle in for servicing today.

Alternators are one of the main components that keep your car running smoothly. Along with the battery, your alternator controls all the electrical components that keep your vehicle going. Once the alternator goes, it is only a matter of time before you lose the battery. Avoid both and know how to check for signs that your alternator needs a repair or replacement!

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
You will be able to start it and it will be drivable for short distances, but eventually, the car will lose its electrical capacity and fail. If you know your alternator is faulty, drive it over to Automotive Hospital and let us see what we can do 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 service!

Yes, this can happen. When the alternator is going bad, it requires your car to run its electrical components off the battery. However, eventually, that battery is going to drain and run out of power as well, which results in your car dying. This can happen at any time, even while the vehicle is being operated.

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!

If you are unsure as to whether your alternator is working, it is always a good idea to test the vehicle with a new battery. If you know for certain your alternator is faulty, then your car has already been putting stress on the battery to keep it operational. Replacing the battery with the alternator is always a good idea to avoid future problems. At Automotive Hospital, we can replace both for you in little to no time!

KEEP YOUR VEHICLE RUNNING SMOOTHLY WITHOUT ANY HICCUPS!

If any of these alternator issues sound familiar to you,
it’s time to bring your vehicle into Automotive Hospital
to be serviced! Call today to schedule your appointment!
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