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It depends on the type of car you drive and the auto repair shop you go to. Our mechanics are mobile, which means they don't have the overhead that repair shops have. They provide you convenience by coming to your home or office.
|Cars||Estimate||Parts Cost||Labor Cost||Savings||Average Dealer Price|
|2012 GMC Savana 1500||$89||$19.18||$70.00||29%||$126.68|
|2003 Pontiac Montana||$154||$83.96||$70.00||19%||$191.46|
|2005 Chrysler Sebring||$125||$55.16||$70.00||23%||$162.66|
|2006 Audi A8 Quattro||$417||$137.36||$280.00||26%||$567.36|
|2010 Infiniti QX56||$114||$44.38||$70.00||24%||$151.88|
|2003 Jaguar S-Type||$105||$34.78||$70.00||26%||$142.28|
The alternator is a generator that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy. It uses the revolving motion of a magnetic field around a stationary armature creating electricity which is then stored in the car’s battery and operate electrical functions. The revolutions needed to create the electricity come from the engine’s crankshaft which is connected via a rubber belt. This alternator belt is either a v-belt or a flat ribbed belt more commonly known as a serpentine belt. The alternator belt may solely operate the alternator or it may also drive other items such as the water pump, air conditioning compressor, and the power steering pump. When the belt is loose, frayed or broken, the alternator isn’t able to generate electricity to charge the car battery causing poor operation of electrically powered accessories.
Your mechanic will check the condition of the alternator belt every time the oil is changed. If they notice the belt appears frayed, cracked, or is missing pieces, you should have the belt replaced.
If your alternator belt breaks while you are driving, you may lose electrical power to important systems inside your vehicle or the engine may die. You could be left stranded or in a dangerous situation. Replace the alternator belt as soon as you notice unusual wear.