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If you require alternator repair or replacement, compare costs across garages near you by receiving instant bespoke quotes on WhoCanFixMyCar.

Is your battery not charging? Do your headlights dim when you press the accelerator?

If the answer is yes, you probably have an Alternator Fault. These issues may also be the indication of a starter motor or battery failure all of which need dealing with promptly to keep your car safe.

Enter your registration in the form above to get instant quotes and book in today!

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Elite Garages Horsham
12 Job Completed
Horsham
5.0 / 5

Elite Garages are one of the South’s leading independent tyre, MOT and car service operators with a turnover in excess of £53 million and around 240 employees. <br /><br />Elite

Automotive Components Specialist Ltd
1827 Jobs Completed
Cheshunt
4.9 / 5

Welcome to our organisation, our aim is to provide solutions for all your motoring needs with the aim to reduce your cost of ownership of your motor vehicle. We speciali

Mobile Mechanics and Tyres
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Custom Werks
173 Jobs Completed
WEST DRAYTON
3.7 / 5

Custom Werks are BMW/Mini Specialists, we also undertake other German cars, with extensive experience of engine rebuilds and all major and minor mechanical repairs as wel

Mr Tyre Ltd - Coventry
312 Jobs Completed
Coventry
4.0 / 5

Mr Tyre Ltd was established in 1971 at Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham in the West Midlands with one store. We now operate a total of 34 strategically placed fitting centres

Elite Garages Maidstone
19 Jobs Completed
Maidstone
5.0 / 5

Elite Garages are one of the South’s leading independent tyre, MOT and car service operators with a turnover in excess of £53 million and around 240 employees. <br /><br />Elite

A Dixon Autos Ltd
509 Jobs Completed
Blackburn
4.6 / 5

A Dixon Autos is a mobile vehicle maintenance and enhancement company owned and run by Tony Dixon.<br /><br />Tony has worked in the motor trade ever since leaving school, and in

TD Autos
339 Jobs Completed
Tunbridge wells
4.7 / 5

Hi my name is Tony and I’ve been in the motor trade for a number years. In the past I have owned my own garage for around 10 years, but then decided to go mobile as I wan

AG Garage
19 Jobs Completed
Leytonstone
5.0 / 5

AG Garage is a local family run independent garage, which has been established since 2005. We are based in Leyton Stone and are connected to major bus and train links.

Elite Garages Southampton
35 Jobs Completed
Southampton
5.0 / 5

Elite Garages are one of the South’s leading independent tyre, MOT and car service operators with a turnover in excess of £53 million and around 240 employees. <br /><br />Elite

Elite Garages Bournemouth
18 Jobs Completed
Bournemouth
4.8 / 5

Elite Garages are one of the South’s leading independent tyre, MOT and car service operators with a turnover in excess of £53 million and around 240 employees. <br /><br />Elite

Elite Garages Brighton
17 Jobs Completed
Brighton
4.7 / 5

Elite Garages are one of the South’s leading independent tyre, MOT and car service operators with a turnover in excess of £53 million and around 240 employees. <br /><br />Elite

Continental Motors
1509 Jobs Completed
Leicester
4.8 / 5

Family run independent garage est 1987. Honest and trustworthy helpful staff. Highly reputable garage specialising in MOT's, Servicing/Repairs for all your passenger and

Platinum Motoring Solutions Ltd.
501 Jobs Completed
romford
4.8 / 5

Established in 2008 with over 7 years of experience, Platinum Motors is a well-known, locally run business based in Romford. We pride ourselves on providing an honest and

Mark Askey Motor Services
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Newcastle under lyme
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Mark Askey Motor Services was established in 2003 taking care of our locals in the Newcastle, Stoke On Trent area. With over 35 years experience in the motor trade we pri

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Frequently asked questions
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What is a car alternator?

The car's alternator performs a simple but vital job: to keep your car's battery charged. The battery is responsible for starting the car, spark plugs, lights, electrics, and sometimes power steering - quite a job - so it's essential that it's topped up - and that's what the alternator does.

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What are common problems with an alternator?

The alternator acts like a small generator: the engine spins, and the alternator turns that spinning motion into electricity. The most common problems are worn brushes (the component that maintains constant electrical contact with the spinning alternator) and a failing voltage regulator (which ensures that the charge is sent to the battery at the correct voltage.)

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What are the common symptoms of alternator problems?

Common signs of car alternator problems include the 'charge' or battery lights flashing on the dashboard, flickering or dimming headlights and interior lights and a growling or whining noise under the bonnet.

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What is the average alternator repair cost?

An alternator can be rebuilt as opposed to replaced, however in truth the difference in cost is often quite small. Either way the most common repair cost is around £150-200.

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How to test an alternator for problems

A simple way to test an alternator for problems is to do what's known as the headlight test. Park your car with the headlights on or run it in neutral, then rev the engine. If the headlights dim you could well have an alternator problem. A better test is to take your car to a garage, where a car alternator can be tested using a multimeter tool.

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What happens if my alternator breaks?

If your alternator fails, your car battery won't charge and, very soon, will have insufficient charge to start the car.

Average rating for  Alternator Repair  bookings

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Alternator Prices

Alternator repair prices can vary depending on your car due to differences in labour time and parts needed but you can expect to pay between £250-£300. Take a look below at the average quote on WhoCanFixMyCar.com for some of the top car makes.


Alternator Repair Cost by Car Make
Car MakeAverage PriceGet Quotes
Ford£283.36
Vauxhall£290.04
Volkswagen£275.51
BMW£346.75
Audi£319.25
Mercedes£391.88
Peugeot£344.62
Renault£353.17
Toyota£303.93
MINI£331.28
Citroen£323.43
Nissan£361.41
Volvo£316.14

This table uses data from quotes provided on WhoCanFixMyCar.com between 13/02/2021 and 14/05/2021.

When should you change an Alternator?

Here are some of the most common signs that your alternator is on the way out:

·      The alternator warning light will be on – in most cases this is shaped like a battery, but some cars will show ‘ALT’ or ‘GEN’

·      You may experience extremely bright or dimming headlights, or a speedometer that stops working

·      Drivers sometimes complain of a growling or whining noise before the alternator gives out

·      You may experience a smell of hot wires or burning rubber

 

The average alternator repair cost is between £250 and £300, depending on the car you drive, so it’s important you make sure you find the best deal. And that’s where we can help.



What does an Alternator do?

An alternator is a generator of electric power in your car and is a major component of your vehicle's charging system. Whenever your engine is running, the alternator charges your battery and supplies additional electric power for the vehicle's electrical systems.

An alternator is attached to the engine and is driven by a drive belt (also known as a serpentine belt). The alternator is a vital part of the electrical system as it delivers the power necessary to keeping energy running through the system.

If your alternator has failed, your car battery will soon lose power.

Alternator problems can be a major problem because a car cannot actually start without power in the battery.

On average, an alternator can last for 8-12 years without any repairs. If an alternator fails, the car may still run on battery power alone for a short time but will die as soon as the battery charge is depleted. Replacing an alternator with a new unit is quite expensive, though alternator prices will change depending on the vehicle. Alternator price is shown at the top of this page when it comes to the average cost. However, the only way to get an accurate alternator repair quote for your vehicle, is by entering your details in the box above.



Reconditioned Alternators

A reconditioned alternator is a part which has been repaired by a parts repair specialist and it can be fitted in place of a brand new alternator if yours need to be replaced.

There are a number of parts which can be reconditioned and fitted into a car at a lower cost than a new part and some garages may offer you the option of having a reconditioned alternator fitted as opposed to a new one.



Where can I get an Alternator repaired?

·      Enter your car registration number in the form at the top of this page

·      Give us some details about your vehicle and the symptoms you're experiencing

·      We’ll send you a great selection of quotes from mechanics in your area

·      You can then compare the quotes, read reviews from previous customers and book your alternator repair online. Book now and pay at the garage when the work is completed.

Gary from Complete Mechanics explains the workings of the alternator