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If you require alternator repair or replacement, compare costs across garages near you with WCFMC.

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

If so, you probably have an Alternator Fault. These issues may also indicate a starter motor or battery failure.


Enter your registration in the form above to receive instant quotes for alternator repair and get booked in today!

Top garages for Alternator Repair (12,240 found)
Brook Street Motors Bury
501 Jobs Completed
Bury
4.9 / 5

Brook Street Motors are an established independent garage in Bury. We are Vauxhall specialists with over 10 years main agent experience under our belts. We have a wide experience of all other vehicle makes in the motor industry, so we are able to carry out repairs on most makes and models.

We have been on this site for over 2 years now and have excellent feedback ,both here and on other platforms. We also have good reviews on our own website, please feel free to check. We take customer service and satisfaction seriously, and pride ourselves on word of mouth for a lot of our work.
Every car leaving our premises is checked over for safety and peace of mind.

We offer a free collection and delivery service or the use of one of our courtesy cars, subject to availability.

Aspinall Motors Ltd
100 Jobs Completed
Gorseinon, Swansea
4.9 / 5

Aspinall Motors Ltd is based in the centre of Gorseinon in Swansea. We are a family owned and run company that offer a wide range of vehicle services.

We are currently taking extra precautions during the Cornavirus and we will ensure all customer contact is either carried out at safe distance or electronically. We also have pick up and drop service avaible to all customer using steering wheel covers, Gloves and cleaning with Anti Bac when finished. If you have any concerns during the outbreak please contact us.

We offer diagnostics, Servicing, Repairs and tyres and aim to provide a high level of service at a affordable price aiming to be the best value garage in the Swansea Area.


We aim to please and ensure all repairs are carried out to the highest standard.

London Motor Sports Ltd
500 Jobs Completed
London
4.3 / 5

London Motor Sports professional garage with great experience in the car industry, based in White-City London W127AH.

Our main focus has always been to deliver best quality service to our customers. We provide our customers best deals on MOT, Wheel Alignment, Mechanical Servicing, Diagnostic, Body Work Repairs and any other car related problem.

London Motor Sports is capable of fixing all types of repairs, and can set up accounts with professional industries such as Taxi Companies.

We make sure that all the repairs completed are up to the Manufacturers Standards and guarantee on all work completed by us.

Birdhall Lane Service Station
5 Jobs Completed
Stockport
5.0 / 5

We are a friendly garage here at Birdhall Lane amnd have been operating in the Industry for over 40 Years. We strive to provide the best Customer Service and Competitive prices around. check Our feedback out on Google, Yell and Facebook.

Collingham Autos LTD
104 Jobs Completed
Manchester
4.9 / 5

We specialise in car repair and car servicing all carried out in our fully equipped garage. We are a family business and operate throughout the Manchester, Cheetham Hill area. We offer an excellent service in many areas including MOT collect & delivery, car and van repair and general vehicle servicing.

We have an excellent reputation for customer service and we pride ourselves in providing main dealer quality at local garage prices. With our highly experienced team of mechanics, you won’t find a better car repair service in Manchester, Cheetham Hill or beyond.

We also offer our customers a collection and delivery service meaning minimal disruption to your day. Our technician will come collect your vehicle at suitable time. We will carry out a full MOT and once passed return the vehicle to you.

Mattg mobile mechanics
18 Jobs Completed
Burntwood
5.0 / 5

Matt g mobile mechanic , over 15 years experience on all cars and light commercial based in burntwood , why waste your time at a garage let the garage come to you from a bulb to a engine rebuild we do it all contact us on

A J MOT and Auto Repairs
198 Jobs Completed
Leicester
4.7 / 5

If you’re looking for a reliable car garage in Aylestone, Leicester, look no further than A&J MOT & Auto Repairs Ltd, specialists in a wide range of garage services including Car Servicing, MOT, Tyres, Car Repairs and Engine Diagnostics in Aylestone, Leicester.

Established in 2011, we provide an honest and reliable service at all times, proud to be recognised as a highly reputable car garage in Aylestone, Leicester.

Located at 10 Lutterworth Road, , we are ideally based to serve local Aylestone and the surrounding areas in Leicester, undertaking all types of Car garage services, from Car Servicing to MOT.

Our mechanics are fully qualified and experienced in working with all types of vehicles, completing all work to the highest of standards at a very competitive price. Our mechanics are on hand to offer free, valuable advice on Car Servicing, MOT, and Tyre's, and are happy to answer any questions you may have regarding your vehicle.

When working on your car, we will clearly explain all the options available to you, along with our personal recommendations. At A&J MOT & Auto Repairs Ltd, we always offer a quote upfront and always make sure we obtain your approval prior to any work being carried out.

We understand the frustration caused by not having your car, which is why our mechanics work efficiently to get your car back on the road in next to no time.

Bespoke Motor Services Ltd
421 Jobs Completed
Wigan
4.8 / 5

Bespoke Motor Services Ltd are the fastest growing vehicle repair and customisation centre located in wigan.
Ideally located to service all of the North West.
We are specialised in vehicle servicing and repairs and customisation, we have the latest in diagnostics and 26 years experience.
One single garage for all your car needs!
Service and maintenance work, clutches, timing chains and belts, all electrical work, difficult jobs undertaken, mot failures, etc.
We provide an excellent service to all our customers and we take pride in the quality of our services.
We have fully trained technicians with over 26 years of experience working above the dealer level.
All the work carried is quality checked by second tech and we offer a warranty for all our jobs.
We promise to beat in price and quality any written quote and offer a quick turnaround for all customers.
We offer interest payment plans that allow you to pay in 4 interest free instalments with no credit checks

KAM Servicing - Beeston
374 Jobs Completed
Beeston
4.7 / 5

Kam Servicing, trading for approx 30 years, recognised by both the RAC and the AA for warranty repairs.We are a local, family run business with complete dealer facilities and also an accredited member of The Good Garage Scheme.Kam Servicing - Beeston is a one stop shop for all your vehicle's needs, including MOT/Servicing, Air-con, full Engine Diagnostics, free courtesy cars, local collection and delivery service.

Barnside Motors
1035 Jobs Completed
Maidenhead
4.9 / 5

Welcome to Barnside Motors.
We are a garage based near Maidenhead and Slough providing large workshop, MOT and car sales facilities. We offer free collection and delivery.

We are a 6 ramp workshop, servicing more than 2000 cars and MOT 2500 cars every year. We are RMI approved and an RAC approved garage for car sales, we are part of the Trading Standards approved code of businesses and we are also a Black Circles Premier garage.

We are an authorised agent for Forte and specialists in Diesel Particulate Filter/EGR/Diesel system cleaning. We use the latest Bosch and SnapOn diagnostic equipment.

We have 105 av. 5star reviews on Google and average 5stars across Good Garage Scheme, Black Circles, RAC, WhoCanFixMyCar, Autotrader and all our social media.

Halfords Autocentre Liverpool
39 Jobs Completed
Liverpool
5.0 / 5

Halfords Autocentres is the UK’s leading chain of over 300 independent wholly owned garages, specialising in MOTs, servicing, Tyres, and all types of mechanical repairs from brakes & suspension to clutches and timing belts. Our highly trained ATA technicians have access to the latest diagnostic equipment and vehicle service data allowing us to service and repair all makes of cars to dealer standards.

We continue to invested in training to ensure we are prepared for future challenges, for example we have Hybrid trained technicians at all sites. Our extensive equipment investment ensure that we can meet the requirements of a changing vehicle parc with heavy lift capability in most sites for the growing van fleet and upgraded diagnostic equipment to handle the vast range of new drive assistance systems found on new cars.

AKI MOTORS LTD
285 Jobs Completed
ABINGDON
4.8 / 5

Our services include:

Batteries, alternators
brakes
Servicing
Steering and suspension
Diagnostics
Exhaust supply and fitment
Clutches and Gearboxes
Locking wheel nut removal service
Vehicle health checks
Cam belts
MOT's arranged

The list goes on...

Majestic Service Centre
459 Jobs Completed
Dockyard Industrial Estate
3.7 / 5

Hi there! We are an independent garage run out of South East London. We pride ourselves on our excellent customer service and can assure you a seamless experience when working with us. We are professionals specializing in Brakes, Batteries, Exhausts, Air-Cons, Services, Tyres, Wheel Balancing, Wheel Alignment and much more. We are very excited to see how we can help!

Westbourne Motors - Bristol
319 Jobs Completed
Bristol
4.5 / 5

The Westbourne brand is the South’s leading repairer for household names such as Green Flag, AA & RAC.

For the majority of repairs we can offer a mobile service with over 70 fully trained mechanics ready to fix your car at home or work, saving you the time and fuss of driving to a garage.

For major jobs we also operate repair workshops and offer courtesy cars to use whilst we fix your car.

The Westbourne name is synonymous with convenience, efficiency, courtesy and great value and all of our repairs carry a nationwide guarantee.

We are ready 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to respond to your call.

Pauls Mechanics
257 Jobs Completed
London
4.8 / 5

Pauls Mechanics is a well-established Ford and BMW specialist, offering a professional and high-quality service on a full range of work. At Pauls Mechanics we take great pride in our work and thus only use genuine OEM parts and the latest diagnostic testers which allows us to deliver Main Dealer Services. We are based in East London but also offer a mobile service where we come to you, allowing you to get on with your busy lifestyle! Give us call today to find out how we can help you with any of your car issues, no matter how big or small!
Mobile Mechanics only 10Miles radius from E4

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Alternator Repair
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 it, 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

4.72

777 reviews

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
Vauxhall£292.05
Ford£276.39
Volkswagen£281.60
BMW£347.87
Audi£314.50
Mercedes£351.48
Peugeot£310.13
Renault£325.61
Toyota£300.15
Citroen£326.59
Nissan£302.49
MINI£361.54
Volvo£305.09

This table uses data from quotes provided on WhoCanFixMyCar.com between 29/08/2020 and 27/11/2020.

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. This is because the starter motor requires electricity to get the engine going.

Starter motor repair can be included in an alternator repair though it may have to be replaced if there has been a serious electrical problem caused from a broken alternator.

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, 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 alternator.

 

 

Where can I get an Alternator repaired?

·      Simply enter your car registration number

·      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

·      We use our network of mechanics and garages across the UK to find you the best deal.

·      You can then compare the quotes, read reviews from previous customers and book your alternator repair online.

·      Enter your registration to compare alternator repair prices, read reviews and book your car in online.

Gary from Complete Mechanics explains the workings of the alternator