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Not many people will tackle a job like repairing an alternator, but some find it very cost effective to do so.
For those who would rather replace an alternator, here are a few tips that may change your mind. Consider the cost of a replacement or an upgraded alternator.
For a 2000 Chevy Silverado, a replacement can be up to $250. For an upgrade, double that. For repairing the same alternator, depending on the kit you want to purchase, the cost is between $30 and $70. For an upgrade, add anywhere from $5 to $70, depending on the upgrade, vehicle and its use.
Be aware of your vehicle's capabilities before attempting an alternator rebuild. Know your vehicle's intended use and do not go overboard with a rebuild. Don't exceed or decrease the amount of voltage or amps that is described by the alternator manufacturer.