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Is replacing an alternator belt the same as replacing the alternator

My car broke down 2 months ago. It just died. The breakdown man said it was the alternator. I called the garage and asked how much it would be to have a new alternator fitted. He quoted me a price. I had the repair done. My car has broke down again... exactly the same fault. The breakdown man checked and said it is 100% the alternator. When I have checked my receipt from the garage they have listed the repair as "fitted new alternator belt" Is this replacing the whole alternator or just some kind of belt? The price he quoted me ( without even seeing the car) was to replace the alternator.

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  • Paul Woodward Feb 08, 2016

    how much did u pay. if approx 20 they changed belt if 100+ they changed alternator. belts wear down and become loose so the alternator doesnt turn properly to charge battery. normally u just tighten the belt. you might haver been ripped off...

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Are you sure you need to replace it. You can test the alternator by starting the engine and measure the voltage on the battery. If it's at least 13.6 volts, (the minimum for properly charging the battery), then the alternator is probably ok.
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Posted on Apr 15, 2015

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Well the alternator is driven by a belt. You should be able to look at the alternator and tell if it has been replaced by how clean it is.

Posted on Apr 24, 2013

Testimonial: "Thanks. They did replace the alternator but are now saying it may me wiring issues. the breakdown man checked with some sort of device and said it was 100% the alternator. The garage said the breakdown man would of only been using amps to know that. so it may be wiring. Is the test that the breakdown man did a sure way of knowing if it is the alternator? if it was bad wiring somewhere would that test still say it was the alternator that was faulty ? "

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