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Unread 04-14-2013, 07:35 PM   #1
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Should i trust a junkyard alternator

so it seems like my alternator finally died on me. I accidently left my lights on and drained my battery. Charged it back up and it will roll over but as soon as i let go of the key it dies out. Battery isn't reading low or anything so im leaning towards it being the alternator. I can get a 20 dollar one from the junkyard or like a 100 dollar new one. Can i really test the junkyard one before i buy it? i don't want another non working one.

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Unread 04-14-2013, 08:09 PM   #2
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Call around locally, you can get them rebuilt for like $50. I think some NAPA stores do it.
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Unread 04-14-2013, 08:45 PM   #3
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Call around locally, you can get them rebuilt for like $50. I think some NAPA stores do it.
How long does it take to rebuild them I need my Jeep back up and running it's my only vehicle
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Unread 04-15-2013, 11:33 AM   #4
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Think what he ment was they sell you one that's already been rebuilt. I know some places take your old one as part of the deal.
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Unread 04-15-2013, 11:49 AM   #5
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Think what he ment was they sell you one that's already been rebuilt. I know some places take your old one as part of the deal.
Ya I figured that out picking up a rebuilt one today.
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Unread 04-15-2013, 11:52 AM   #6
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No. Get one from whatever parts store with a lifetime warranty. When I played in mud back in the day, I went through 2 or 3 and they replaced them all fo free.
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Unread 04-15-2013, 11:53 AM   #7
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Some junkyards (mostly the big chain places) will let you return a product if it doesnt work. Its definitely a much cheaper option.
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Unread 04-15-2013, 01:16 PM   #8
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Just get it rebuilt. Dont buy those cheap remanufactured in mexico alternaters, or starters from advance.
Ive had nothing but trouble with them. 3 bad alternaters, and a bad starter. And they didnt honor the warranty on any of them.
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Unread 04-15-2013, 02:46 PM   #9
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Roll over?? Dies out when key is released? What do u mean exactly?
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Unread 04-15-2013, 03:47 PM   #10
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Roll over?? Dies out when key is released? What do u mean exactly?
Dies when key is revised . Put in a new alternator and it's all good now
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Unread 04-16-2013, 01:43 AM   #11
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man .. nothing like replacing bad parts with other bad parts.. total waste of time.

You can get a 160 amp drango alt that is almost bolt in/ plug and play for $159 .. really nice upgrade .. or you can score a ZJ alt for pretty cheap as well.
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