Depending on where you live, you MAY be able to find a local auto parts retailer that has the ability to test your alternator. They generally test the entire charging system and do not charge for the service since they're trying to get you to buy parts from them. You're right to not trust the dealer, their mechanics are paid partially by commission and tend to want to replace as many parts as they can.
The voltage regulator is part of the engine computer. That will have to be replaced by the dealer.
$500-$600 w/ the dealer. They have to pull the radiator out to get down to the alternator underneath it. Happened to me.
I was told $337.95 from a dealer in eastern nc.
Alternator belt $5.50 Labor: $25.00 Knowing you could have done it in fifteen minutes: priceless
Estimate from the Dealer was $850, my mechanic charged me $500. Half cost of remanufactured alternator and the other half is for installation.
The regulator is internal to the alternator! Just replace the alt. The alternator has an internal regulator that can be replaced by itself; however, when there is an issue with the alternator, it often involves diodes in alternator instead of or in addition to the regulator. better repair shops will often take an alternator to an automotive electrical repair shop for same-day rebuilds, with the value much higher than a cheap rebuild in a chain parts shop, and hundreds less than a dealer replacement. You want Bosch or your own Bosch rebuilt
An alternator for a Rover 214 can be ordered from the dealer or from a local auto parts store. In addition, an alternator can be found at a junk yard.
alternator charging too high need replacing per dealer
At the dealer ~$850.00 depending on the year and the location. But, on my 2007 car, i have bought a rebuilt one for $150.00 on ebay, and replaced it at a local shop for $80. So ended up very cheap compared to the dealer.
Ford Focus AlternatorMine was out of warranty and I had to have the alternator replaced. The estimate to fix was about $400 but was actually over $500 since the dealer basically had to take the entire engine apart to get to it. This might help....http://www.focushacks.com/?modid=45&ht=Removing%20/%20Replacing%20Alternator%20(Zetec)Did mine yesterday, alternator cost $96.00. The engine does not need to come apart, just some items on firewall above the alt. and coolant resv.
take to the dealer
About $700 - $800 at a dealer and $200 - $300 off at a local auto shop.
do you mean the aluminum bracket holding the alternator broke at the bolt holes? do you know that there should be a steel bracket BEHIND the alternator also? when engine usually replaced, sometimes this steel bracket is not replaced and instead a shorter bolt is used to fasten alternator (3 bolts) to aluminum bracket. there should be a longer bolt which goes from the front of the alternator on the left side, thru the alternator and thru that steel bracket and into part of engine?? this part not clearly understood as explained to me by mechanic husband. he had the same problem and corrected when bracket kit purchased from local Chevy dealer; about $197 in Hawaii. hope this bit helps...
I would suggest not changing it yourself when I did it I was told to loosen alternator then its in the way ended up messing up the power steering hose. just cheaper to take it to your local kia dealer
At the dealer - $557
this is just like any other alternator on any other car. first disconnect battery, next remove the serpentine belt but make note of its routing so you will know how to install correctly. next the alternator is located on the left bottom on the engine. sudjest removing from the bottom, remove connector and main chargine wire from rear of alternator, unbolt bolts and remove alternator, if this seems to complex then take it to a BMW dealer to have it performed, also i recommend a approved BMW alternator, prefer actual BMW one.
Dealer? Salvage Yard?
If you do it yourself, approx. $160.00 from your local auto parts dealer. It's a very simple procedure that takes less than 1 hour. Note that their could be a lead time for the Alternator so order ahead.
What you need is an alternator wiring pigtail harness from the dealer!
Check the fuel filter if the cars battery and alternator is good it might be the lack of fuel that is bogging the car down. My advice to you would be to check or replace the fuel filter.
I have a 99 Windstar and when my mechanic replaced the alternator the battery light would not go out he took back about 2 alternators, stating that the alternator was not good, because the battery light stayed on. Finally, he had the last one he put in tested and it was fine, but the battery light still came on. He called a Ford mechanic and they said you have to use a ford alternator, because the computer can not recognize other brands of alternators. Once he did the light went out. He said occasionally it will recognize an off brand, but when it doesn't the battery light stays on and it can cause problems with the computer, and I believe he said the cyliniod could burn out. He just bought a re-built alternator from the ford dealer for about $199.00
$326 This is at dealer parts and labor. Remanufactured part is about $268, new is over $400, warranty on new 1 year warranty on re-man 3 years cheaper and better guarantee. 01/2013
If the vehicle is not to old, the dealer should be able to help you with those parts.