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Alternator On Its Way Out

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started to hear a rattling noise from round the drive belts today ,took it into my local main dealer today and it turns out its the bearings in the alternator that are making the noise, its intermitent at the moment, which the tech guy found strange , so when it started to rattle he put what looked like a stethescope onto the alternator and said its on its way out..having a recon one fitted tomorrow for £323 with a 24 month warranty. the cars 7 years old with 69k on the clock. never had a problem with an alternator before. anyone else had this problem ?

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Never had that and I'm coming up to similar mileage the warranty is good £ 323 is the fitted price I'm guessing seems a little steep but not too bad what engine is it

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My alternator went at a similar age and mileage. Got my changed at toyota because i have a toyota extended warranty though.

I've seen a few other posts relating to failing alternators too so it isn't unheard of.

Mine is the 2.2 diesel.

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Why recon? New Denso alternator costs about £250 and labour would only be about £80-£100 and would work out roughly the same.

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Also, if the bearings are causing the rattle, you can open the alternator up your self and change them. New bearings can be as cheap as 50p from US. That mechanic will probably fix the bearings on the alternator and sell it off to someone else as recon alternator like he is to you right now.

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I would have thought that you could get a new one for that price also I know they are quite cramped to get at but a it would probably cost 300 from a garage for a new one as they would get it cheaper than you could anyway

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