Signs You Need to Replace Your Alternator

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Janette Dendy

Subject: Battery light on

I have a Toyota highlander 2004 recently I replacedited two steering pipes within two weeks time now my battery light is on is this my alternator and during my check up 1 month ago why didn't the dealership see this problem


Subject: Is my alternator going bad or is it something else

I have a 2006 Honda Pilot and today the battery light came on while the car was in motion then went off immediately and after it went off I heard a loud screeching sound like if someone slammed the brakes behind me which no one was behind me but my car never turned off by itself went to several places turned my car off and my car started fine what could be the problem


Subject: Hi all! So I have a 2006

Hi all! So I have a 2006 Chrysler PT cruiser. I just had my fuel pump replaced and less than 24 hours later it broke down again only this time, the car shook a little and the engine shut off. I was able to push it to the side of the road. When i tried to restart the car 3 days later, the engine would turn over, and stay on for maybe 30 seconds before dying. it would shake very rapidly. Would that have something to do with the alternator? I can't tell. I know it would be smartest to ask a mechanic, but I'm a broke college student, so I can't even pay for it to get looked at. :( Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thanks.


Subject: I would make them recheck the

I would make them recheck the fuel pump they installed. Sounds like an issue with fuel circulation still. Could still be linked to that.


Subject: I would make them check the

I would make them check the fuel pump they installed. To me it sound like it could still be connected to that issue. Sounds like an issue with fuel circulation.

Martha Torrey

Subject: Alternator and/or battery

I have a 2006 Jeep Grand Cherokee with 65000 miles on it. It has run very well since I bought it used in December 2010. No sign of any problems until I made my last payment. While happily sitting in Jeep, try turning it on and nothing happened, except that grinding noise! Oh no, not now I thought.
My husband charged it for several hours with one of those box gizmos that will charge, but take several hours. When finished it did turn over and he drove it around the block several times, however, it didn't keep the charge and died again. I think it's the battery alone but I see that it could be the alternator and the battery.


Subject: Alternator

Would a tapping noise be an alternator i have had trouble and flat battery charging constantly then cooked it on a drive but would a tapping noise have alerted you to an alternator issue?


Subject: How much should it cost me.

I've got a 2002 Jeep liberty Limited Eddition, with what After I read the information above must be the Issue. While I was driving it home( Luckly I didn't start seeing the issues will I was right in my neighborhood) My head lights started Deming, and my inside electronics (I.E, Radio and Dash) started to go out and come back on. Since then I've tried getting a Jump, ect and Nothing, Also it sounds like my Alternator is Clicking.

I was just wanting to know how much I was looking at having to spend on getting er' going again? Of course I looking to do this as cheap as possible.

Fix it cheep

Subject: A lot of this artical is

A lot of this artical is wrong about pricing, and fixing it is relatively simple(YouTube), you shouldn't spend over 200 for the alternator new, been fixing mine and my family's cars for years. Most time I ever spent time wise was 2 1/2 hours(didn't have correct metric wrench's) and it was a foreign vehicle. If you need tools to fix it a good auto store will rent you the tools for free


Subject: Just had my alternator replaced and new battery & battery Still

First notice something was going wrong under the hood when I turned on AC foul smell came through. Then I have smart window function on my 2013 dodge challenger and the window goes down 1/4 quarter when u open the door and up same amount when the door is closed. Called Dodge Corp office told me that recall on alternator when to the dealership to have alternator replaced and do a system check they changed the alternator and told be battery was bad. Informed the service center about the window and told me it's not covered under warranty so I would have to pay to have it checked. Fast foward to 11 days later, my car was struggling to start again took it to auto zone where I purchased the new battery from..battery bad new one replaced and window is still going haywire what should I do stressed and abut to jump off a cliff


Subject: Battery dieing

I have 2010 f 150 4 x4, 4 door. If I leave the truck sit for 3 or 4 days, the battery dies. If it is the alternator how much is parts and labour. If it is just the pulleys how much would that cost parts and labour .


Subject: alternator

I have a 2002 GMC Yukon 1500 XL. A few days ago on my way to work in the morning I noticed my headlights and interior ddashboard lights dimming intermittently. The heater would do the same. Then all would be bright again. At the same time all this was happening my battery gage would lower and a battery symbol would light up in the message center. On my way home from work that day I stopped to have the battery and alternator checked. Of course when I pull in all is bright. So they checked and said the alternator was fine and is probably the battery. So the next day I had a new battery installed. Well it's still doing the same thing. Am I looking at replacement or could a wire be loose?


Subject: Alternator replacement

Sounds similar to my issue. Does the car have choppy idle, or run really rough? It could be your alternator overcharging, which will cause a lot of issues. Have them load test the charging system at advance auto parts, anything over 14.2 is not normal, and above 14.5 will give you issues. I just replaced mine today, it was putting out 17 volts, which also made my battery boil over. Hope this help!

Sy Walton

Subject: Altenator

My Dodge Ram has 200,000 miles on it. There is a squeaking and rattling noise coming from the area around the alternator. I changed out the belts and pulleys and the sound persists. I am assuming the bearings are going out on the alternator. Is that possible?

steve allen

Subject: power down

hi,please help!i have a 2001 dodge caravan.when starting my van in cold weather there is a delay in the power of the heater and lights oof about 30 seconds and then everything seems to come up to normal levels.also it seems like it almost seems to stall out.the battery has been replaced and I have a new fuel pump.there is a 136,000 miles on it and seems to drive fine on the open road.could this be the alternator?thanks for your help


Subject: Alternator failure

Is it possible this reported epidemic of sudden alternator failure could be caused by using the lighter to charge cell phones? Perhaps that is what happened to Ming.

Mine broke with almost no warning and I got stuck on the highway, unable to get completely off the road. I'd just replaced my battery and around same time started charging my phone while driving.


Subject: Alternator

I own twelve trucks, recently my three truck all have problems with alternator, I don't know is possible human causing it ?


Subject: vauxhall vectra 2.2

Hi. Today while driving I notice that my cars power steering was suddenly stopped working and in dashboard the sign of steering wheel was turn on. I turned off my car engine and then and turned it on and then it work fine, the steering wheel light was off and power steering was working perfectly. But since then now after every 5-6 minutes battery light turn on in my dashboard, but when I stopped or off the engine and turn it on again battery light turns off.


Subject: altetnator

i have a 2008 Chrysler town and country touring can lately the battery goes dead and it has to be Jump started. I had both the alternator and the starter checked was told both are fine and working at normal capacity. Also had the battery checked after jump start told it is fine also. So what is causing my battery to die every few days?

James Blige

Subject: Alternator

My car will not start , there is oil on the alternator. and the tire light shows flat , but they are not. could it be the alternator

Debra C. Comeaux

Subject: 2014 Honda Accord Sports

I bought my Honda in November 2013. I have 37,690 miles due to
traveling. My alternator is bad and needs to be replaced.
My warranty was 3 years or 36,000 miles whichever comes first.
Isn't this considered low mileage for replacing an alternator?


Subject: Honda alternator

Deborah, yes an alternator should last well beyond 37,000 miles. I have an Accord with nearly 300,000 miles and the original alternator is just now starting to fail. Did a dealer or mechanic tell you it needs to be replaced? I would be a bit skeptical because Honda alternators especially in 4 cylinder engines are typically very high quality and often last the life of the car. I previously owned a civic that had 225,000 when I got rid of it, and the original alternator was still working fine. If your alternator is in fact bad after so few miles, I would suspect there is a problem somewhere else that caused it to fail so quickly. Then again, it is possible you just got a rare bad alternator. But either way, it's very unusual to have to replace the alternator on a Honda under 100,000 miles.

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I second the original question (still unanswered). Speaking as someone who logged in today to try to find an attorney, I see this category as one that's exactly what I have my Angie's List membership for:

1. It's important that I find a good one
2. I'm not an expert enough to know myself who is a good one
3. The industry is full of advertisements and misinformation
4. I wish I knew what experiences other people have had

I don't care about lawns--I planted mine in clover and don't have to mow it. When I do need to mow I use a rotary Fiskars mower, which is great--or a scythe. That's right--a scythe (the European type, which is smaller, and it's very good exercise). Gas-powered mowers, chemical fertilizers and weed killers--all nasty stuff that gets into everyone's air, soil, and water. I'm sure my neighbor doesn't like my wildflowers, semi-wild pockets of fruit bushes, and unmown areas and yes, dandelions (I have 10 acres) but that's too bad. It's better habitat for wildlife, especially the pollinators on which our food supply depends. I think this obsession with the Great American Lawn is a waste of time and resources. Plant some food instead.

I'm not sure Angie et. al. want you to have a complete answer to this question. By re-subscribing at the Indiana State Fair in 2012, I think I paid $20.00 per year for a multi- year subscription. Maybe even less. At the other extreme--and I hope my memory isn't faulty about this--I think the price, for my area, for ONE year was an outrageous $70.00. And they debited me automatically without warning. I had to opt out of that automatic charge. I like Angie's List, but if some of the companies they monitor behaved the way they do in this respect, they'd be on some sort of Pages of Unhappiness. I'll be interested to see if this comment gets published or censored out of existence.

That's very difficult to answer without seeing the house. As one poster said, the prep is the most important part. On newer homes that don't have a lot of peeling paint, the prep can be very minimal even as low as a couple or a few hundred dollars for the prep labor.

On a 100 year old home with 12 coats of peeling paint on it, then the prep costs can be very high and can easily exceed 50% of the job's labor cost.

A 2100 sq ft two story home could easily cost $1000 just for the labor to prep for the paint job. That number could climb too. Throw in lots of caullking  or window glazing, and you could be talking a couple or a few hundred dollars more for labor.

Painting that home with one coat of paint and a different color on the trim could run roughly $1000 or more just for labor. Add a second coat  and that could cost close to another $1000 for labor.

For paint, you may need 20 gallons of paint. You can pay from $30-$70 for a gallon of good quality exterior paint. The manufacturer of the paint should be specified in any painting contract. Otherwise, the contractor could bid at a Sherwin-Williams $60 per gallon paint and then paint the house with $35 Valspar and pocket the difference. $25 dollars per gallon times 20 gallons? That's a pretty penny too.

That was the long answer to your question. The short answer is $2000 to $4000 and up, depending upon the amount of prep, the number of coats, the amount of trim, and the paint used.