First, wow, what a great service. Just found it in a search looking for information about replacing the alternator on my car. Here's my story:
My car was making a high pitched noise so I took it to the auto repair place across the street. FWIW they have been very good to me, checking my car before long trips on a few occasions over the last couple years and the only thing I think I ever paid them for was an oil change. This last time, I tried to insist that they let me pay them something since I'm not sure if I am going to do the repair they said I needed, and the guy refused, just asked that if I have it done, that I bring it to them.
They said that the noise was because the alternator needs to be replaced which would cost $470. I would prefer not to make any more major repairs to this car due to its age but I would prefer not to buy a new car until I absolutely have to.
My boyfriend says that (a) an alternator is not important -- provided I always stop the car on the top of the hill so I can get a rolling start -- poo to that.
(1) My boyfriend tells me that I don't have to worry yet because the alternator light is not yet coming on. True?
When I start the car, the only one I'm not sure about is the orange "check" light which comes on for maybe a second when I turn the key then turns right off.
(2) My boyfriend also says that I could buy an alternator for $50 and it would be easy for him to install. True? (He works on his 2002 Saab -- which scares me but he seems to know what he is doing.)
(3) How long am I likely to be able to drive before the thing quits? I am unable to work and so probably drive only 5-20 miles most weeks and never far from home so I'm not worried if I get stuck and need to call AAA.
My concern now is that I would like to help with a dog rescue transport the weekend after Thanksgiving, driving from Cleveland to the Canadian border, maybe further, and am concerned that I will encounter problems. Is there any way to determine the likelihood that that would happen?
Thank you so much for your help and kind regards,
have the same problem?
Thursday, November 19th, 2009 AT 11:11 AM