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2004 surburban...first battery light came on...then all gauages on dash stopped...then car stuff off while on interstate.

Dealer said it is the alternator and gave us a quote. They then called back and said they needed a larger alternator with more amps...cost new is $643.62.....that price seems too high. My concern is would all of the gauges and engine shut down while driving if it were the alternator?

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    Vicki Mader-Vaughan Mar 20, 2014

    Your information was very helpful. As to why we were at te dealer...when the vehicle broke down that is where we were on the interstate so we coasted into the cal dealer lot.



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They would if the battery ran down from the alternator not working

You can see the prices on any auto parts site like Napa

I have no idea why anyone would be at a dealer, just to pay
more, for what you can do yourself or any local repair shop

You need only what came with the vehicle ,the way it was built

I wouldn't believe a thing I was told by a dealer if I was face to
face in the conversation

On Napa Auto Parts it shows a 105 & 145 amp alternator
The 145 is $195.00 & they are not doing you any favors

SO-get it out of the dealer

If you go to Rock Auto.Com where everyone buys their parts,
you will find, brand new not reman OEM Delco Parts for no more
than $150.00

Long way from $150 OEM GM AC Delco verse the dealer
for the same part NEW for $643.00

Not to be sarcastic, but I learned that at 18 years of age & that
was 51 years ago for me

Posted on Mar 20, 2014

  • Vicki Mader-Vaughan
    Vicki Mader-Vaughan Mar 20, 2014

    Your information was very helpful. As to why we were at te dealer...when the vehicle broke down that is where we were on the interstate so we coasted into the car dealer's lot.


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Yes it would. when the alternator stops working, your car will run for awhile on the battery alone. how long depends on size of battery, what you have on, such as lights, and how much power the car takes to keep engine running, all the different controllers in the car.
it seems kind of strange they would come back and say you a bigger alternator than what they told you, considering they are a dealer. yes bigger alternators are an option trucks for snowplow options and automakers put bigger alternators in cars with more power options. you may want to ask why the change and what the car came with.

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