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Old 07-03-2012, 02:49 PM
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Replacing Alternator on 2002 Ford F150

Hi, this is my first post. Recently, my truck broke down and I replaced the battery. The very next day, it broke down again, so I figured it must be the alternator. I towed it to a car dealership. It was only a block away from where my truck broke down.

It was on Sunday, so I decided to park it at car place and drop off my keys there. Monday, I came in, and got a price quote, which was $465. I did some googling, and couldn't find a concrete answer on what it should cost. Price ranges from $230 to $658 for replacing alternator. The quote had to be adjusted since I also needed a new belt. Old belt cracked.

When the service department called, they told me my truck was fixed and they had to replace my broken alternator with refurbished alternator.

I would think that brand new alternator would run around $120. But the thing is this remanufactured alternator from the dealership cost me $232.40. I told him, that new ones run for around $120. He said that it is OEM part.

I paid $232.40 for remanufactured alternator, $42 for serp belt, and $179.15 for body electric repair. Total, including tax came to be $497.37.

I'm asking if you think I paid a fair price, or did I get ripped off? The truck does run great after repairs. At least they did give me a free truck wash. It does look nice, but I'm not sure about the price.

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Old 07-03-2012, 03:24 PM
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OEM Motorcraft parts are pretty much always going to be more expensive than what you can find in aftermarket stores. Their are also usually of better quality though I think. As far as price, that actually doesn't sound too outlandish to me. I am from Canada though, so I am not sure of prices of in the States.
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Old 07-03-2012, 08:39 PM
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Hi bduke23,

I think you're right about OEM parts. Thank you for your response. I'll wait and see what others think.

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2001 F-150 Alternator $$$

Replaced mine a week ago on my 2001 v6.
Middle of the line rebuilt 130 amp @ Autozone was $150 + $35 core. Bought new tensioner pully too. I already put a new Gates belt on 1 month ago. Took me 3 hours total (ok im slow).

OEM parts are more expensive & dealers charge the highest hourly rate + they charge for 'shop supplies' too.
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If you got a long term guarantee with the OEM, that would help. I have had good luck with aftermarket stuff, but some of the alternators / water pumps/ etc that is "rebuilt" has premataure failures, some last a long time... IT all in the guarantee.
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Old 07-05-2012, 06:24 AM
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Labor seems a little high, I did mine in less than an hour.
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Old 07-05-2012, 06:28 AM
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Local 4X4 garage in town put mine on for $40. I bought the parts. The alternator had a life time warrnty on it. Got it at Advanced don't remember what I payed for it.
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Old 07-05-2012, 08:06 PM
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Thanks for responses. Next time that sort of thing happens, I'll try to do it myself, or get a friend who knows this stuff to help out. It's very rare that I do auto work myself. I usually only do battery replacements, and occasional oil change.

OEM part is covered by warranty, so that kind of takes the sting out a bit on price.

Have a ... on me.

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The dealer will always charge waaay too much for anything they do. I replaced mine with a O'Rielly's rebuild last year for about $120. Did it myself in my garage...took a few hours. No biggie.
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