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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-06-2019, 12:42 PM Thread Starter
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Alternator ?????

So I got the dreaded "Service Battery Charging System" message the other day with the voltage hovering at 11. I beat on the alt and got the voltage up to around 13 to 13.5, so its clearly a worn out alt.
Question is for those that have replaced theirs (looks like a PITA) what part should I use? I can get a New Duralast Gold from AZ for $200 or a remanufactured for like $170, or a new Delco for $300.
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post #2 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-06-2019, 02:11 PM
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Have you tried Ebay?


I bought and have sitting in my garage (for future use) a Factory OEM Denso alternator for $104.


Someone on here posted about the alternator shop that was selling them- and we jumped on the ebay auctions. I remember a year later or so- I went back and looked- and he had them for $90.

2010 FWD LT1-Gold Mist Metallic- seats 8.
Build Date- July 31, 2009-2nd day of Spring Hill 2010 production.

2013 Equinox 3.6L - 88,000
2010 Traverse 3.6L- 153,000
2003 Trailblazer 4.2L- 181,500
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This was the thread-
https://www.traverseforum.com/6-gene...per-price.html




but I just checked the ebay seller- has none for the Traverse.

2010 FWD LT1-Gold Mist Metallic- seats 8.
Build Date- July 31, 2009-2nd day of Spring Hill 2010 production.

2013 Equinox 3.6L - 88,000
2010 Traverse 3.6L- 153,000
2003 Trailblazer 4.2L- 181,500
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post #4 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-06-2019, 02:32 PM
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I was just thinking...
What if you take yours out- and take it to a local alternator shop to be fixed?
I only say this- because lots of the reman. units are fixed who knows where.... with cheap parts.


Ive had some alternators replaced with OEM parts at small shops.

2010 FWD LT1-Gold Mist Metallic- seats 8.
Build Date- July 31, 2009-2nd day of Spring Hill 2010 production.

2013 Equinox 3.6L - 88,000
2010 Traverse 3.6L- 153,000
2003 Trailblazer 4.2L- 181,500
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Does AZ provide one of those nifty lifetime warranties on the Duralast Gold? If so, that's the direction I'd go...

rbarrios... how many alternators have you replaced? Maybe I'm lucky but I haven't had that pleasure yet in my 15 years of driving.

Current Vehicles:
-2015 Pilot EX-L AWD
-2014 Traverse LT2 AWD
-1961 Impala 2 Door Sedan 283 3MT

Family Muscle:
-1969 Camaro SS 350 4MT
-1957 210 2 Door Wagon (project)
-1939 Ford 3 Window 2 Door (project)

Past Vehicles:
-2008 Sonata SE V6
-2012 Silverado LS 4.8 4WD EC
-2011 Rogue SL AWD
-2006 Accord Sedan EX-L K24 5MT
-2012 Tacoma DCSB V6 6MT 4WD
-2011 Civic Si Sedan
-2001 Pathfinder VQ35 5MT 4WD
-1997 Pathfinder VG33 4AT 4WD
-1999 ML320 4WD
-1997 Accord LX Sedan F22 4AT
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post #6 of 19 (permalink) Old 08-06-2019, 04:19 PM Thread Starter
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Cinto- I think that's where I'm leaning and yes life time warranty.
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Cinto- I think that's where I'm leaning and yes life time warranty.
Yea that's an easy decision for me UNLESS the labor is absolutely ridiculous to replace it...

Current Vehicles:
-2015 Pilot EX-L AWD
-2014 Traverse LT2 AWD
-1961 Impala 2 Door Sedan 283 3MT

Family Muscle:
-1969 Camaro SS 350 4MT
-1957 210 2 Door Wagon (project)
-1939 Ford 3 Window 2 Door (project)

Past Vehicles:
-2008 Sonata SE V6
-2012 Silverado LS 4.8 4WD EC
-2011 Rogue SL AWD
-2006 Accord Sedan EX-L K24 5MT
-2012 Tacoma DCSB V6 6MT 4WD
-2011 Civic Si Sedan
-2001 Pathfinder VQ35 5MT 4WD
-1997 Pathfinder VG33 4AT 4WD
-1999 ML320 4WD
-1997 Accord LX Sedan F22 4AT
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This is a difficult job if you are doing it yourself, so make sure that you have an alternator that you are happy with, even if it is a few more dollars. There is a lot of work involved, and even though most of it isn't difficult work, it is time consuming. It is not a job that I want to try to do again.
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rbarrios... how many alternators have you replaced? Maybe I'm lucky but I haven't had that pleasure yet in my 15 years of driving.

Have replaced alternators on my classics

Chevies. 64, 67, 70. Those are super easy. Most recently the 67 Nova inline 6.
I did my sisters 2007 Buick Lucerne about 8 months ago. That one- she just decided to buy the parts at NAPA.

Recently had an issue with a vehicle in Mexico- a 95 Honda Passport. The part inside the alternator was not available locally. The Small shop- did an external work around 'hack' that got the vehicle back on the road. But- the alternator was now- not stock. So here in the states- I found the part. Next time we took a trip south of the border, we took the part and the shop installed it- got the alternator back to 'stock' condition. Dad is on no condition to do the repair work now. So having it repaired with OEM quality parts was a no brainer.


Now, in regards to the Traverse. Its way more complicated.

Last I saw/read----

Coolant hose- has to be removed
PS return line- has to be removed
AC line has to be moved out of way in 2 spots.

a bolt with a pulley on it.
reservoir moved out of way etc etc.


A repair Id want to do 1 time....

2010 FWD LT1-Gold Mist Metallic- seats 8.
Build Date- July 31, 2009-2nd day of Spring Hill 2010 production.

2013 Equinox 3.6L - 88,000
2010 Traverse 3.6L- 153,000
2003 Trailblazer 4.2L- 181,500
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Have replaced alternators on my classics

Chevies. 64, 67, 70. Those are super easy. Most recently the 67 Nova inline 6.
I did my sisters 2007 Buick Lucerne about 8 months ago. That one- she just decided to buy the parts at NAPA.

Recently had an issue with a vehicle in Mexico- a 95 Honda Passport. The part inside the alternator was not available locally. The Small shop- did an external work around 'hack' that got the vehicle back on the road. But- the alternator was now- not stock. So here in the states- I found the part. Next time we took a trip south of the border, we took the part and the shop installed it- got the alternator back to 'stock' condition. Dad is on no condition to do the repair work now. So having it repaired with OEM quality parts was a no brainer.


Now, in regards to the Traverse. Its way more complicated.

Last I saw/read----

Coolant hose- has to be removed
PS return line- has to be removed
AC line has to be moved out of way in 2 spots.

a bolt with a pulley on it.
reservoir moved out of way etc etc.


A repair Id want to do 1 time....
Does sound like a pain to do...

I've removed the alternator in my dad's '69 Camaro a number of times to do other work, real easy. The generator in my Impala (yup, it's that old) is extremely easy but blocks the oil dipstick, so any time I want to check the oil level I have to pull the generator (and thus the belt) off for a little while. Maybe a 1 minute job with 3 bolts and a couple wires.

Current Vehicles:
-2015 Pilot EX-L AWD
-2014 Traverse LT2 AWD
-1961 Impala 2 Door Sedan 283 3MT

Family Muscle:
-1969 Camaro SS 350 4MT
-1957 210 2 Door Wagon (project)
-1939 Ford 3 Window 2 Door (project)

Past Vehicles:
-2008 Sonata SE V6
-2012 Silverado LS 4.8 4WD EC
-2011 Rogue SL AWD
-2006 Accord Sedan EX-L K24 5MT
-2012 Tacoma DCSB V6 6MT 4WD
-2011 Civic Si Sedan
-2001 Pathfinder VQ35 5MT 4WD
-1997 Pathfinder VG33 4AT 4WD
-1999 ML320 4WD
-1997 Accord LX Sedan F22 4AT
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