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Alternator beef up How much?

If I'm going to use about 2500watts of stereo equipment how high of amps in an alternator should I get? And how much would it cost to take it to an alternator shop and have them beef it up about 100-120amps? And if I do do I have to buy another battery or just use one?

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You cannot just beef up an alternator as it is all in the capacity of the wiring in the unit. You will have to get a bigger alternator but will one big enough fit on the engine. You will probably need a larger belt to drive it and the economy of the car will drop really bad when you use the stereo equipment. You will only need on 12 volt battery as the 12 volts are what energises the alternator and the alternator powers the rest Beats me why any one would want so much power in a car or are you already deaf

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If there is an intermittent problem with starting, I always check the battery connections for cleanliness and wire brush after removing the connections. This is a very common problem on cars of your age., and doesn't take much money to perform.

If the battery, starter, and alternator are functioning correctly, this could very well be the problem.

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Absolutely unfair. I do not know where you are from, but the Auto Zone stores in the US has the 100 amp alternator for the 6 cylinder 'Camry for $180 plus a refundable core deposit of $62. Labor should be no more than one hour, or $100 maximum. Not sure what a charge for "diagnosis" is. He has already told you he thinks the alternator is bad, so how can he charge for that? The alternator should be tested to see if it needs replacing. And the battery needs to be tested also. The mechanic should not just assume the alternator is bad because of the warning light. You can have the tests performed free of charge at just about any good auto parts store. Have the test done, then buy the necessary parts yourself, and take it to a different mechanic for the installation. This guy is trying to rob you.

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SOURCE: This is my problem: yesterday,

Hey Lyn. Regular maintenance is a scheduled procedure recommended by the manufacturer. They don't check everything every time. If you would want them to do this and create a list of things checked , I am sure they might, but it will probably cost you more. People assume that because they take their cars to dealerships , that they get the best service available. This is not always true. If the battery and alternator are bad again, I would go back to mieneke and complain to them. they are nation wide and all of them should honor a warranty. What mieneke told you was probably opposite of what happened. The alternator was probably putting out to much of a charge and toasted the battery. Weak batteries wont kill an alternator. At least I have never seen or heard of it. As far as warranty issues, it is pretty much your responsibility to bring them up to the dealer. Again if there are specific things you want checked at maintenance time take a list and have them sign off on it. If they already have a list ask to see it and when there done ask for a copy. you pay for it, so they should give you one. I suggest that if you have an issue come up with repairs, to post on here and get some insight to what may be going on with your car. There are a lot of good mechanics on this site. Randy

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