InstaMek Mobile Mechanics will replace or repair your alternator wherever you are – saving you the hassle of getting a tow truck and dealing with the back and forth of a shop all at a very reasonable cost.
What Is An Alternator?
The alternator is what charges your battery using power from the engine. You’ll notice your alternator failing as it fails to charge your battery and you’re stuck in a lot of situations where your won’t turn on. It also powers the accessories in your vehicle so if the alternator isn’t working your car just might stop dead on the road. It’s an important part of the car you have to replace if you’re having any issues with it! Your car will usually signal to you that something is not right via a battery warning light or will have a low volt gauge reading but not always.
Common Signs And Symptoms That You Need to Replace An Alternator
- Car will not start
- Lights starting to dim or flicker
- Warning light for battery is on
- Battery is dead or fails to charge properly
How Important Is This Service?
As the power source of your entire car, the alternator is one of the most vital pieces of a machinery in any vehicle. You will not be able to start the car, turn on the lights, use the AC or any of the other many features you normally enjoy.
Not only that, it is generally dangerous to drive without a working alternator as if the battery runs out, vital functions that you use for driving may fail. If the warning light or check engine light is on, we recommend you get an expert inspection immediately. Otherwise, it'll be lights out.
The cost of the alternator depends entirely on the vehicle but for most domestic vehicles the cost for an alternator is around $250 to $500 and requires between 1 to 2 hours to replace. The cost for imports ranges from $400 to $1000 and the labour times can be between 1 to 3 hours. You can replace the alternator with a brand new OEM one, or a refurbished one. The refurbished one is usually a little bit cheaper – either way the choice is yours.
The alternator belt, also known as the serpentine, accessory or drive belt, is what connects the engine’s output shaft to the alternator. If your belt is wearing out you’ll notice cracking and fraying which is a sign that it should be changed. The cost for changing the belt depends on the vehicle but is usually between $100 to $350.
Mobile Alternator Repair
Don’t deal with the headaches of having to tow your car to a shop – this service is our bread and butter as mobile mechanics. You’ll have a completely hassle free experience with us coming to you instead. Call us at 1-888-507-3435 for a quote or click the link below for an online quote.
Other automotive services.Please note that there are certain services we only perform if we diagnose the issue.
- Timing Belt & Water Pump
- Oil Change Service
- Power Steering Repair
- Cooling System Repair
- CV Joints & Axles
- Engine Flush
- Coolant Flush
- Fuel System Flush
We are open from 8am - 6pm Monday to Saturday
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I just used instaMek today to replace my alternator. The mechanic Jack was excellent - very friendly and did a great job.
Called them up to get the alternator replaced on my BMW 650i. They came by the next day, the mechanic was very professional and helpful. Will use them again!
I called a previous mechanic on Cragslist to come and fix my alternator. I don't know what he did but the car was in worse shape than before. I was stuck and then I found out about instaMek. They sent a real mechanic my way who fixed my car properly and now it's running great - honestly I'm so lucky I found these guys. I had no idea what to do...