Q: Need to replace the broken alternator on my car with a salvaged part

asked by on

The alternator broke on my car, and I don't have enough money to buy a new replacement. But, there is a salvage yard near my house that has a 2003 Spectra. How do I figure out if that alternator (or a different one) will fit my car?

Alternators will generally have their current rating printed on a label on the back of the alternator. You will want to select one with an equal or higher rating than the one you are replacing. Always make sure the battery is disconnected when servicing an alternator, or serious injury could occur. If you need assistance with this, you may want to seek help from a professional technician if you have any questions choosing or installing the alternator.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Need to replace the broken alternator on my car with a salvaged part

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Q: truck turns over but wont start

Hello, thank you for writing in. The oxygen sensors that surround the catalytic converter are meant to hold the same readings. The code you likely received was a P0420. Meaning, the two oxygen sensors are giving off different values and...

Q: battery alternator light still on even though i have a new battery and alternator

If you check the big black cable from the alternator to the battery and there is no voltage with the engine off, then that cable needs to be replaced. On the transmission bell housing, that cable has a 175 amp...

Q: Occasional difficult startup - 2011 Mitsubishi Outlander Sport

Hey there. Heat alters operating parameters and causes phenomena ranging from higher resistance in ignition circuits to vapor lock. When the car is HOT, it would be sensible to investigate the ignition system first and see if any obvious faults...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
How Much Does a Mechanic Make in Vermont?
Automotive technician jobs in Vermont have an average mechanic salary of $37k, with some mechanics earning a salary of $53k.