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Old 09-04-2010, 01:44 PM
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duralast alternator?

i had my alternator checked this morning and its bad.
i looked on autozones site and saw a duralast gold 100% new alternator .
i was wandering if anyone had used one.
would this be better than a reman.
ther is only a few dollers diff. maybe 30 or so.
there was one that was for trucks with ambulance set up, would this be better.
im not in a hurry just want to get a good one that will last.
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I've been fighting with them over my Duralast Gold alt for months. It finally took out my VSM (see that thread HERE), but it finally failed enough to fail their test. I just put in a new one today. I'd get one from here:
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...and never have to worry about it again. I finally ran out of time & patients with mine, so I have another Duralast in there right now. My next one will be from AlternatorParts.com....
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I think Ron, Luny1, is having issues with his Autozone alternator also. I'm running a DB 200A, this one(2nd) is good though.
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Can't you find a good local rebuilding shop and spend your money on the local economy?

Support your local guy?

A well-built OEM will last as long as your original did, and likely a lot longer, and the cost should be "on par".

Plus, you'll have somebody to fall back on if things go wrong that actually KNOWS something about charging systems.

Unlike computer look-up counter chimps......

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Old 09-04-2010, 06:30 PM
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there is a local guy about 30 miles from me.
a few guys at work have used him, he does alternator and starters.
iv heard good stuff from a few guys.
i have a small car i drive to work most days to save on fuel cost.
so im not in any hurry, i think ill give him a call tuesday after the holiday.
he most likely can provide more info than the teenager working at the parts store.and can answer all my upgrade questions on the alternator.
i dont know but i would think they could build an urgrade to the oem
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Can't you find a good local rebuilding shop and spend your money on the local economy?

Support your local guy?

A well-built OEM will last as long as your original did, and likely a lot longer, and the cost should be "on par".

Plus, you'll have somebody to fall back on if things go wrong that actually KNOWS something about charging systems.

Unlike computer look-up counter chimps......

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I absolutely agree 100%!!
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I would certainly think they can rebuild yours and most likely make it better too!!
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Can't you find a good local rebuilding shop and spend your money on the local economy?

Support your local guy?

A well-built OEM will last as long as your original did, and likely a lot longer, and the cost should be "on par".

Plus, you'll have somebody to fall back on if things go wrong that actually KNOWS something about charging systems.

Unlike computer look-up counter chimps......

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x2, if you find the smaller shop that has been there forever you will be happy with what you get, no smoke and mirrors.
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X3! Good call Pop. I'm still running on my locally rebuilt starter from years ago! Then again, I remember somebody rebuilding there own......

http://www.ford-trucks.com/forums/90...lternator.html
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My original OEM is still running at 270,000 miles.

I know what I'd spend my money on.
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i can somewhat remember as a young boy helping my dad rebuild an alternator.
i was small but i remember doing something with paper clips holding down brushes.
and then removing them when it was all back together.
im 40 years old and still feel like a child when i think about whatching my dad work.
all the small things he tought me that i some time recall or nice.
iv said it before and proudly do so again he has always been my hero, like a compas to point a hard headed son in the right direction.
ill call and get the local shop to rebuild mine next week.
thanks again for the help and bringing back fond thoughts from my child hood.
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If you get a "lifetime" alternator from Autozoo, be sure you buy your batteries there too. Every year or so my alternator takes a dump so I get it replaced for free, under that wonderful "lifetime" warranty. Then shortly after, I end up replacing the batteries in my truck because the faulty alternator killed the battery(s). So far the local guys have always agreed it's best to replace both batteries on a diesel so they warrantied them both (so far).

There are better options out there, unless your hundreds of miles from home like I was when the OEM crapped out.
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Can't you find a good local rebuilding shop and spend your money on the local economy?

Support your local guy?

A well-built OEM will last as long as your original did, and likely a lot longer, and the cost should be "on par".

Plus, you'll have somebody to fall back on if things go wrong that actually KNOWS something about charging systems.

Unlike computer look-up counter chimps......

Pop
I agree with Pop. I have been doing this very same thing for alternators and starters for 20 years now. I got tired if "lifetime" parts that last a few seasons and then have to be exchanged under warranty over and over again. A good rebuilding shop usually exceeds my expectations. High temp starters are their specialty as well. Works great if you have a hot rod with headers.

Edit: I tried to rep you Pop but the RepDep blocked me.
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Can't you find a good local rebuilding shop and spend your money on the local economy?

Support your local guy?

A well-built OEM will last as long as your original did, and likely a lot longer, and the cost should be "on par".

Plus, you'll have somebody to fall back on if things go wrong that actually KNOWS something about charging systems.

Unlike computer look-up counter chimps......

Pop
Okay, can you clue some of us in to what kind of questions we need to ask our local shop to get what we want? Where I live, people on average, don't make big money and only want repairs that are necessary to get things running, no more. That's the way shops think. It's a fine line, not to insult shops either.
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I agree I replace my batteries every October (truck and toybox) Costco warranty and do have the auto-zone alternator. Mine died and needed one for the next day so I could get to work. So far the alternator is fine 2years.
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