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CAN YOU TELL ME IF A PERSON CAN REBUILD AN ALTERNATOR ON 89 FORD TEMPO IF SO HOW MUCH WILL A KIT COST AND IS IT DIFFICULT

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By the time you lathe the armature, install new diodes and brushes and new bushings it's probably cheaper to just buy a rebuilt one from a parts store. Check around for prices and be sure to ask about the warranty.

Posted on Apr 05, 2011

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You can rebuild your own alternator,IF you know
how to TEST the various components

The biggest problem is finding a place to get parts
You have to find a rebuilder to buy them & rebuilders
are almost a thing of the past

If you look on NAPA.Com, just as a quide ,you
will see the price of a rebuilt,I would think that
is your only choice

How or why is your bad?
Again,you have to know how to test on car

Posted on Apr 05, 2011

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