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Alternator replacement Olathe KS

Alternator replacement in Olathe KS by L&D Auto Specialists

If your car, truck or SUV won't start every time you turn the key, a faulty alternator could be the culprit. An alternator is the most important component of a vehicle's charging system, and it should always be working properly. If the battery light blinks infrequently or the ampere gauge is lower than usual, you should have the charging system checked immediately.

A timely alternator repair is essential to prevent damage to the charging system components, such as the battery and voltage regulator. Alternator repairs should be performed by a reputable automotive service center such as L&D Auto Specialists.

For over 10 years, Olathe residents have trusted L&D Auto Specialists for all their alternator repair needs. Our friendly team of professionals takes customer service to a whole new level, always with the goal of your complete satisfaction. We will take care of all your alternator repair needs and get you back on the road as soon as possible.

High quality alternator repairs at L&D Auto Specialists

Alternator problems should be evaluated by trained professionals. Before recommending alternator repair or replacement, L&D Auto Specialists will perform a comprehensive diagnostic test of the charging system.

Our ASE-certified technicians at L&D Auto Specialists use state-of-the-art testing equipment to ensure accuracy in diagnosing your alternator repair needs. We perform alternator and charging system control repairs on a variety of vehicle makes, both new and old. Whether your Toyota needs to be jump started or your Chevrolet's battery light illuminates, you can rely on us for alternator repair in Olathe.

The basics of alternator replacement services from L&D Auto Specialists in Olathe KS

An alternator is a component of a vehicle's charging system that is essential to keeping the vehicle operational. To keep the electrical components running, the alternator collaborates with the battery and voltage regulator. An alternator, usually found near the front of a vehicle's engine, is distinguished by its aluminum body, vents and an internal or external cooling fan. The alternator pulley is driven by a serpentine belt or a V-belt, depending on the vehicle. This mechanical energy is converted into electrical energy as the internal parts work to generate a magnetic field, which is then used to generate the alternating current output. Since the alternator can quickly reach high temperatures, a working cooling fan is essential. Although the battery can keep the vehicle running for a short period of time, it cannot keep the vehicle running for an extended period of time if the alternator fails. In fact, the alternator also functions as a battery charger. Because a faulty alternator will eventually render the vehicle inoperable, a driver should have this component repaired or replaced as soon as possible.

Why should you use L&D Auto Specialists for alternator replacement services?

As soon as your alternator starts to malfunction, contact us for an evaluation of your alternator. Signs that your alternator needs to be repaired or replaced will involve your vehicle's electrical components. A warning light on the dashboard, for example, may illuminate, or the headlights may dim. When the alternator starts making noise, the belt may have loosened. In other cases, the smell of burning rubber may permeate the air and indicate a problem. We can help you regardless of the symptoms you are experiencing. Let us take a look the next time you suspect alternator trouble and help you get back on the road.

Auto electrical repair & maintenance

Do you have a dead battery? Is it the starter or alternator that is causing the problem? We service your vehicle with care, delivering high quality workmanship you can trust. Among the auto electrical repair and maintenance services we offer are:

Alternators

An alternator is a vehicle component that converts mechanical energy into electrical (ac) energy. Alternators are critical components of your car's engine, and their failure would result in the failure of your vehicle. Seek professional assistance if your car's alternator fails. We have experts at L&D Auto Specialists who can handle all your alternator needs and get you back on the road as soon as possible.

Lithium-ion batteries

The battery provides electrical power to a car's ignition system, starter motor and lights. Your battery may be failing if you need to start your vehicle in the morning. When a battery begins to deteriorate, it can be replaced or repaired, depending on the severity of the damage. If you are having problems with your car battery, contact L&D Auto Specialists in Olathe KS. To get you back on the road, we offer convenient battery testing and replacement service. We handle everything from battery replacement to charging, installation, testing and recycling.

Starters

A starter is a motor (electronic, hydraulic or pneumatic) that turns the internal combustion engine to start it. Starters are critical components of your car's engine, and their failure would result in the failure of your vehicle. Seek professional assistance if your car's starter fails. At L&D Auto Specialists, we have experts who can handle all of your starter needs in order to get you back on the road as soon as possible. Visit us today.

Why alternator service is required?

Problems can be identified early and determined to be caused by a faulty battery, a defective cable or belt, or a faulty alternator. To avoid further failures in your electrical system, for example, a bad alternator can easily force power from the battery, be sure to anticipate indicators of electrical problems and address all concerns before they cause additional repairs.

Your car's electrical system is made up of a complex network of circuits and your battery, which generate, store and distribute power as needed. The electrical system is also necessary for engine starting and specific safety functions such as headlights and turn signals. Our in-house technicians can perform much of the routine maintenance of your electrical system.

During a battery evaluation, our mechanics look for:

  • The condition of the battery and vehicle case
  • Cable connections
  • Hardware to hold things in place

Examining the starter motor involves the following:

  • Examining the cable connections
  • The mounting bolts and brackets are examined.

An electrical draw test of the starter motor is performed to determine the amount of electrical power required to start the engine. An examination of the alternator reveals:

  • Perform a general cosmetic examination.
  • Examine the drive belt
  • Examine the position of the brackets
  • Examine the electrical connections
  • An examination of the charging system to make sure the alternator present and voltage are within the manufacturer's specifications.

It can be difficult to determine if your problem is with your alternator or if it is due to a dead battery or a problem with your starter. L&D Auto Specialists has a stellar team of auto mechanics who can quickly assess the exact auto repair need you are experiencing and will know in no time if it is, in fact, your alternator.

If you hear a growling sound; smell burning rubber; your headlights or dashboard lights flicker or become extra dim or bright; your gauges behave strangely; or your car starts and cranks but then dies, it could be your alternator. Whatever the cause of your engine's failure to start, L&D Auto Specialists is ready to determine if it's the alternator, the starter, or the battery and quickly resolve the problem.

Whether it's an alternator problem or something more serious, we're here to help. CLIENTNAME# is known for providing excellent customer service as well as high quality workmanship at affordable prices.

At L&D Auto Specialists, you can trust us to provide the best possible service for any alternator problem your vehicle may have. Our staff is friendly and professional, and have received extensive training to ensure that your experience with us is nothing short of exceptional.

Cost of alternator replacement

The average cost to replace an alternator with a remanufactured one on a typical domestic car costs between $300 and $500, including parts and labor. A new alternator can cost between $500 and $1,000.

The alternator is a critical engine component, powering the battery and helping the electrical system function properly. You won't be able to start the engine if your alternator fails and needs to be repaired or replaced. If you suspect a problem, you should take it to a qualified mechanic immediately.

Alternator repair price comparison

Your alternator repair is usually best left to a skilled mechanic, who can recommend a complete alternator replacement if it is the best option for your vehicle. Below are some sample prices from some of the top auto shops in the country, as well as alternator costs for parts from some of the top online retailers in the country.

The cost of replacing an alternator can be quite expensive, with prices ranging from $133 to $915 for a new alternator. Since the job is relatively straightforward, the labor cost is usually quite low compared to other automotive services. The alternator will cost between $200 and $700 for the part alone. Depending on the part used and the model of car you have, you can expect to pay between $172 and $1046 to have a new alternator installed at a shop, with the average cost in the $500 range.

Symptoms of a faulty alternator

If you suspect your alternator is about to fail (or has already failed), look for the following common symptoms:

  • Battery light coming on.
  • Dim or flickering lights
  • Engine light is on
  • Gridning or squeaking noises
  • Problems with electricity
  • Engine overheating
  • The battery is dead.

With a few basic tools, you can investigate the symptoms and diagnose a failing alternator on your own. Although alternators can last more than 100,000 miles, their internal components spin when the engine is running and wear out over time. That alternator will almost certainly need to be replaced at some point in the life of your vehicle.

Don't just buy the cheapest used or rebuilt alternator you can find on the Internet. A used tag indicates that it was obtained from a junkyard and has similar mileage to your failed unit. The term "rebuilt" refers to replacing only the defective internal part, while everything else is old. A new or remanufactured alternator is the best solution. You know what new means, but "remanufactured" means the alternator is completely disassembled and many wear components are replaced with new parts, often with upgrades for longer life. They are also warrantied and may last longer than new because most of the internal parts are new.

Alternator tips to remember

  • One thing to look out for in newer vehicles is the presence of a battery monitoring system. This is a system that monitors battery performance and adjusts alternator operation accordingly. These systems improve your car's fuel economy while extending the life of the alternator. Checking the negative battery cable is the easiest way to determine if your vehicle has this system. Your vehicle has this feature if it has a black connector on the negative terminal or a circular connector around the negative battery cable.
  • When the alternator is replaced, the battery needs to be disconnected, which can reset your radio, so have the radio code handy to turn it back on once the repair is complete.

how much should a new alternator cost?

Most alternator replacements take two to three hours on average. To get started, you will need approximately $120- $200 in labor. The rest is determined by the cost of your alternator. Most alternators can be purchased at auto parts stores for much less than at the dealership, but buyer beware in this situation. Some discount auto parts stores stock some lines of electrical parts that have a bad reputation for being of poor quality. Buying an aftermarket alternator is not a bad idea; you can save a lot of money this way; however, make sure you are using a high quality part. Alternators range in price from $100 to $350, depending on the make and model. If no other parts need to be replaced, most vehicles will be in the $350-400 range for the total alternator replacement job. Add another $20 to $50 to your bill if the serpentine belt is added. If you choose to use dealer parts and labor, the bill can exceed $500 in many cases.

Alternator replacement frequently asked questions

How do I determine if I need an alternator or a starter?

If the battery charging light comes on while driving, it usually means there is a problem with the alternator. If your vehicle is having trouble starting and the battery is in good condition, it may be due to a problem with the starter motor.

What exactly is an alternator?

  • Rotor
  • Rectifier
  • Stator
  • Bearings
  • Slip ring
  • Brackets
  • Threads
  • Pulley
  • Regulator

What exactly is a starter motor?

  • Permanent magnetic field housing
  • Planetary gear cap
  • motor terminal
  • Internal brush
  • Brush box & brushes
  • Front housing
  • Pinion
  • Clutch
  • Solenoid
  • Planetary gear
  • Armature

What role does the alternator play in the operation of your vehicle?

The alternator is the component in your car that charges the battery. The battery loses power when the car's electrical components (stereo, lights, etc.) are used. The alternator recharges the battery, replenishing the energy that has been lost. The alternator is located in the engine compartment. If the alternator fails, your car will only run as long as the battery has stored energy. Your car will not start if the battery runs out of power. Typically, a faulty alternator will turn on the battery warning light or produce a low reading on the volt gauge.

What common symptoms indicate that the alternator may need to be replaced?

  • The battery is dead or not holding a charge.
  • It reduces the brightness of the lights.
  • The battery warning light is on.

Why is it important to repair the alternator?

The alternator charges the battery, which powers the vehicle's electronics, such as the radio and air conditioning. The battery is also needed to start the vehicle. A faulty alternator will not charge your car's battery, causing your vehicle to run out of power and not be able to start.

Is it true that a high performance alternator has a shorter service life?

The high performance alternators we design should have a long service life. On the other hand, the brushes on an alternator can wear faster as the current produced by the alternator increases. When an alternator is used at its maximum capacity, it tends to use more brush material. Fortunately, replacing the brushes on most alternators is a simple and inexpensive procedure. Even if you use the alternator at its maximum capacity, it should last for many years before any maintenance is required.

Vehicles serviced

Because of our strong partnerships with local parts suppliers, we can deliver top-quality parts for any make or model very fast. In many cases, we can complete auto and body repairs the same day! All of our technicians/mechanics are experienced on both domestic and imported vehicles, including:

Foreign cars:

Import european cars:

  • BMW, Mercedes Benz, Audi, Fiat, VolksWagen (VW), Volvo, Mini Cooper, Saab, SmartCar, Porsche, Masterati, Bentley, Ferrari, Lamborghini, Land Rover, Range Rover, Lotus

Japanese and asian cars:

  • Toyota, Lexus, Honda, Acura, Nissan, Infiniti, Mazda, Hyundai, Suzuki, Subaru, and Kia.

Domestic cars:

  • Ford: Lincoln, Mercury, Continental.
  • General Motors: Chevrolet, GMC, Cadillac, Buick, Pontiac, Oldsmobile, Saturn, Hummer.
  • Chrysler: Jeep, Dodge, Plymouth, and Ram Trucks.

About Olathe KS

Olathe KS

Olathe is the county seat of Johnson County, Kansas, United States. It is the fourth-most populous city in the Kansas City metropolitan area and Kansas, with a 2010 population of 125,872. By 2019, the Census Bureau estimated Olathe's population had grown to 140,545.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 60.42 square miles (156.49 km2) of which 59.66 square miles (154.52 km2) are land and 0.76 square miles (1.97 km2) is covered by water. Olathe has two public lakes: Lake Olathe with 172 acres (0.70 km2) of water surface and Cedar Lake with 45 acres (0.18 km2).

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willene c

I'm very pleased with how they speak with me. They share what they are doing with my vehicle.

This business is the best. I'm very pleased with them. This is this 2nd time I go to this business. I have an old vehicle and I'm trying to keep it running. They are taking care of her. I'm very pleased with how they speak with me. They share what they are doing with my vehicle.

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sarah smiley

They took the time to properly assess the damage, and gave me options.

I was referred to L & D Auto by a friend of mine. I drive a BMW & was not aware of the faulty timing chain for 2012-2014 X3 models. When it broke, it caused significant damage. Baron BMW "assessed" the damage & told me I needed a complete new engine for 13K! I immediately had it towed to L & D. They took the time to properly assess the damage, and gave me options. Although it was still a costly repair, it was nothing like what Baron quoted me

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madeline pettes

I have referred my two god daughter to them for service on their vehicles, and they were both satisfied.

L&D HAS WORKED ON MY BMW, Caddy,.Chevy, and my Plymouth truck. A great job each time. I have referred my two god daughter to them for service on their vehicles, and they were both satisfied.I always checked other repair shop for estimates on the same job before going to L&D. L&D has always been fair and reasonable. I recommend them.

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