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First of all, what does a starter do for your car?

When a vehicle’s engine is not running, all power is supplied by the car’s battery.  The battery is also what allows the vehicle to start, but once that happens, it is the starter which activates the engine through a complex process, involving rotation of the flywheel and turning of the crankshaft. 

Secondly, what does an alternator do?

The alternator’s role is to ensure that the battery remains charged and that the electrical system is effective while the car’s engine is running.  If the alternator is not functioning correctly, it is possible that the vehicle will start, but it is unlikely to remain running for long.  The electrical system will not perform correctly and eventually, the battery will fail and the engine will break down.

How much does it cost to replace alternators?

If only the starter is broken, the replacement cost is typically minimal.  How much does an alternator cost depends on the type of vehicle. In some models, they can run as low as $180 and for premium vehicles, they can run over $1,000. The average cost is approximately $500.

It is common that the alternator will fail due to worn out contact rings and carbon brushes, or problems with voltage regulator.   In these instances, it is possible to save money by bringing the vehicle to a mechanic, who unlike the dealer, may offer aftermarket parts at a discount.

It is very important that when a mechanic replaces the alternator, the surrounding parts are inspected as well due to the alternator’s effect on the car’s entire charging apparatus.  Very often, when an alternator fails, there will also be corrosion in the battery cables and the battery and drive belts may need to be replaced.

Wondering about how much does an alternator cost?  Contact our ASE-certified technicians today at Express Care Auto Center for more information about starters and alternators and to schedule an appointment. Our auto repair shop serves vehicle owners in North Mankato, MN, and the neighboring communities of Mankato, MN, New Ulm, MN, and St. Peter, MN.

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First of all, what does a starter do for your car?

When a vehicle’s engine is not running, all power is supplied by the car’s battery.  The battery is also what allows the vehicle to start, but once that happens, it is the starter which activates the engine through a complex process, involving rotation of the flywheel and turning of the crankshaft. 

Secondly, what does an alternator do?

The alternator’s role is to ensure that the battery remains charged and that the electrical system is effective while the car’s engine is running.  If the alternator is not functioning correctly, it is possible that the vehicle will start, but it is unlikely to remain running for long.  The electrical system will not perform correctly and eventually, the battery will fail and the engine will break down.

How much does it cost to replace alternators?

If only the starter is broken, the replacement cost is typically minimal.  How much does an alternator cost depends on the type of vehicle. In some models, they can run as low as $180 and for premium vehicles, they can run over $1,000. The average cost is approximately $500.

It is common that the alternator will fail due to worn out contact rings and carbon brushes, or problems with voltage regulator.   In these instances, it is possible to save money by bringing the vehicle to a mechanic, who unlike the dealer, may offer aftermarket parts at a discount.

It is very important that when a mechanic replaces the alternator, the surrounding parts are inspected as well due to the alternator’s effect on the car’s entire charging apparatus.  Very often, when an alternator fails, there will also be corrosion in the battery cables and the battery and drive belts may need to be replaced.

Wondering about how much does an alternator cost?  Contact our ASE-certified technicians today at Express Care Auto Center for more information about starters and alternators and to schedule an appointment. Our auto repair shop serves vehicle owners in North Mankato, MN, and the neighboring communities of Mankato, MN, New Ulm, MN, and St. Peter, MN.

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