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Alternator Repair Estimate for Lexus ES330

Lexus ES330 Alternator Repair costs $208 on average. Following is a breakdown of the labor and parts estimates.

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$205 to $215
Labor: $70 -$80
Parts: $135
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$367
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$255
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2005 Lexus ES330V6-3.3LService typeAlternator RepairEstimate$340.78Shop/Dealer Price$433.29 - $654.99
2006 Lexus ES330V6-3.3LService typeAlternator RepairEstimate$350.78Shop/Dealer Price$440.74 - $660.52
2004 Lexus ES330V6-3.3LService typeAlternator RepairEstimate$350.78Shop/Dealer Price$442.85 - $664.22
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What is an alternator and how does it work?

The alternator, which is bolted to the engine, keeps your car’s battery charged and produces the electrical power necessary to run the vehicle’s electrical systems. When starting your car, stored energy in the battery powers the starter motor. Once the engine is running, the alternator produces the electrical energy that your car needs by spinning a magnet on a rotor through a stationary coil of wire. To ensure that the alternator provides the right voltage output for your car’s electrical system, there is a voltage regulator built into the alternator. The voltage regulation is built into the car’s Powertrain Control Module (PCM) on newer vehicles.

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When to replace the alternator?

The following electrical or mechanical faults are signs that the alternator may need to be replaced:

  • Battery or charging system warning light. If a warning light has illuminated, the charging system and the vehicle battery should be tested to pinpoint the fault.
  • Difficulty starting your car or it doesn’t start. A faulty alternator will lead to the battery being discharged. Once the battery has discharged enough, you will have difficulty starting your car or it won’t start at all.
  • Dimming lights. Should the alternator have an internal electrical fault, such as a burned-out diode or open stator windings, the alternator will have less capacity to provide electrical power.
  • Grinding or whining noise. High heat created by the engine dries out the grease in the alternator bearings, wear occurs, and then the alternator can emit a grinding or whining noise as it spins. Certain electrical failures within an alternator can also cause a whining noise.
  • Premature Battery Failure. If the voltage regulator within the alternator has failed, and thus charging system output is too high, that can cause the battery to fail due to overcharging. Although this fault is not as common as a weak alternator, the possibility should always be considered if your car battery fails prematurely.
  • On an annual basis, or every 12,000 miles. The voltage output of the alternator should be carefully measured and compared to the OEM factory specification. Voltage output should also be checked whenever the vehicle battery is replaced.

How do mechanics replace an alternator?

  • Disconnect the battery prior to replacing the alternator, as with all electrical repairs.
  • Unhook the drive belt connected to the alternator.
  • The electrical connections to the alternator are removed and the alternator is unbolted from its cradle on the engine.
  • The new alternator is installed while observing all factory bolt torque specifications. Alternators have to be mounted to the engine very securely because they rotate at high speed. Electrical connections are cleaned and re-attached, including the connections to the battery.
  • While the drive belt is off, best practice is to inspect the drive belt as well as inspect all pulleys driven by the belt.
  • Once all components are securely in place, the vehicle engine is run and the output of the new alternator is measured and verified against the OEM factory specification.

Is it safe to drive with an alternator problem?

One should exercise caution. Should the alternator fail while you are driving, the battery alone will power the car’s electrical system for a short while. Cars require a substantial amount of electrical power though and the battery will likely discharge relatively quickly. The car may stall and it would be impossible to re-start if the battery discharged completely. When the battery or charging system warning light illuminates, the situation should be investigated and resolved as soon as possible.

When replacing the alternator keep in mind:

  • An alternator should always be tested to be sure it is actually faulty versus a circumstance where faulty electrical connections, or an open fuse, might be the problem.
  • An alternator that has noisy or worn out bearings should be replaced regardless of electrical test results.
  • A properly functioning battery is very important in modern cars and consequently the battery should be load tested when the alternator is replaced.
  • Alternators are designed to power all vehicle electronics and maintain a fully charged battery but if the battery has failed and won’t hold a charge, attempting to continually re-charge such a battery by driving can overload the alternator. Replace the battery and avoid repeatedly jump-starting your car.
  • Electrical connections, including grounds, are very important in the charging system. When replacing the alternator, all disconnected terminals should be inspected and cleaned and then checked to be sure all connections are properly tightened.

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Jacob

9 years of experience
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Jacob
9 years of experience
Can't say how happy of a customer I am after my appointment with Jacob. He's professional, easy-going, and gets right to the job. Most importantly, he's an honest hard working guy that just wants to help you. We had an appointment for a new alternator. We ended up deciding to change the battery as well but our original order didn't include that so he didn't have an extra battery in his truck. Jacob volunteered to drive with us to our local auto parts shop to help change the battery. Didn't charge us for any extra - just wanted to make sure our car was good to go. Goes over and beyond. Would highly recommend to anyone!
2005 LEXUS ES330 - ALTERNATOR - IRVING, TEXAS

Michael

11 years of experience
47 reviews
Michael
11 years of experience
Michael was right on time. Did an excellent job with the alternator replacement. I am very happy with the convenient quality service I received. Already recommended to my family! Thanks Michael!
2005 LEXUS ES330 - ALTERNATOR - SOMERSET, NEW JERSEY

Brandon

17 years of experience
489 reviews
Brandon
17 years of experience
Brandon was on time for our appointment, letting us know beforehand that he was arriving. We found him courteous and more than competent in taking care of the alternator problem on our Lexus in a short amount of time. He was noticeable of other issues with our vehicle and gave us an estimate of what any further work would cost. I was not able to be on the premises as he worked. My wife, who was there but occupied with our grandchildren, hardly noticed his presence, since he attended to his work exactly as requested. Im happy to say, the car sounded and drove great after the repair.
2005 LEXUS ES330 - ALTERNATOR - LONGWOOD, FLORIDA

Jay

34 years of experience
519 reviews
Jay
34 years of experience
I love this service and Jay was great, very friendly, knowledgeable with his job, Jay went above& beyond what I expected,. I will defiantly book again
2006 LEXUS ES330 - ALTERNATOR - RANCHO CUCAMONGA, CALIFORNIA
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CarServiceEstimateShop/Dealer Price
2005 Lexus ES330V6-3.3LService typeAlternator RepairEstimate$340.78Shop/Dealer Price$433.29 - $654.99
2006 Lexus ES330V6-3.3LService typeAlternator RepairEstimate$350.78Shop/Dealer Price$440.74 - $660.52
2004 Lexus ES330V6-3.3LService typeAlternator RepairEstimate$350.78Shop/Dealer Price$442.85 - $664.22
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