Alternator Repair in Reading

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Is your battery not charging? Do your headlights dim when you press the accelerator? If so, you probably have an Alternator Fault.

A new alternator may be necessary to power your engine sufficiently and ensure safety.

Along with alternator repair, battery problems may also be an indication of starter motor failure.


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Top garages for Alternator Repair in Reading (149 found)
Express Tyre and Auto Centre
15 Jobs Completed
Reading
5.0 / 5

MK Servicing
58 Jobs Completed
Reading
4.2 / 5

MK Servicing was set up by myself to give a better service at a better price. As an independent mechanic we have minimal overheads meaning we can pass these savings to ou

ASJ Mobile Mechanic
548 Jobs Completed
Bracknell
4.9 / 5

Welcome to ASJ Mobile Mechanic. Myself (Jay) and fellow mechanic Allen have over 35 years experience combined in delivering quality repairs on all makes and models of car

Car Services in Reading
193 Jobs Completed
Reading
4.5 / 5

Car Services in Reading is a car repair and maintenance company which came into existence in 2001. We wanted to change the perspective of customers towards car maintenanc

Formula One Autocentres - Reading
346 Jobs Completed
Reading
3.3 / 5

Established in 1974, Formula One Autocentres set out with a mission to deliver a completely new fast-fit experience to its customers. This would feature clean, modern pre

The Servicing Master Centre LTD
236 Jobs Completed
Reading
4.0 / 5

If you’re looking for a reliable Car Garage In Reading look no further, we are The Servicing Masters. We specialize in Servicing, Wheel alignment and tracking, Air Con re

Bosch Service Centre - Automotive Engineers
196 Jobs Completed
Reading
4.6 / 5

Based in the Reading area and comprising of Full Service, Repair and MOT garage and We offer Full Dealer Level Diagnostics, and Vehicle Body and Accident repair centre. W

Bracknell Tyre & Battery - Team Protyre
142 Jobs Completed
Bracknell
4.1 / 5

Bracknell Tyre & Battery, team Protyre was originally opened in 1982 before becoming part of the Protyre network in 2009. Protyre Bracknell has been extensively refur

JS Autos Mobile Mechanic
388 Jobs Completed
Bramley
4.7 / 5

Located in Bramley, Hampshire we cover the local area Including Basingstoke, Newbury, Reading, Andover and surrounding areas. We repair all types of vehicles and all t

HIQ Tyres and Autocare Henley Upon Thames
52 Jobs Completed
Henley Upon Thames
3.0 / 5

HiQ & Castrol Henley is one of Henley-on-Thames and the region’s most experienced tyre and autocare businesses. We specialise in the supply and fitting of leading tyr

GeoTech
240 Jobs Completed
Reading
4.5 / 5

-Our commitment Quality and traditional values at GeoTech means we are perfectly placed to look after your car. Through sharing our knowledge and enthusiasm, we aim t

Westbourne Motors Mobile - Reading
301 Jobs Completed
Reading
4.9 / 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

Fair price repairs
290 Jobs Completed
Binfield
4.8 / 5

Mobile mechanic all tools carried on board I carry out diagnostic repairs Cambelts clutches exhaust work suspension work brakes engine work mobile servicing at your home

MH Motor Experts LTD
419 Jobs Completed
Wokingham
4.4 / 5

We are an established local independent garage and are proud to be members of Autofirst Network – a nationwide network of independent garages operating to the Network’s 6

Reading Auto
49 Jobs Completed
reading
5.0 / 5

Reading Auto, Mot repairs, exhaust fittings, car service mechanical or fault diagnosing, timing belt interval or issues with chains, clutch slipping or gearbox grinding e

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Alternator Repair in Reading
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 in Reading bookings

5.00

15 reviews

Alternator Prices in Reading

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 in Reading
Car MakeAverage PriceGet Quotes
Volkswagen£362.69
Vauxhall£384.39
Nissan£403.98
Peugeot£443.65
Mercedes£569.84
Toyota£404.28
Volvo£518.67

This table uses data from quotes provided on WhoCanFixMyCar.com between 08/07/2022 and 06/10/2022.

Gary from Complete Mechanics explains the workings of the alternator