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Old 09-14-2010, 11:07 AM   Thread Starter #1
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Question Replacing Alternator

I need to change the alternator in my 06 and was wondering if anyone here had done it themselves.

Service manual says the radiator needs to be removed to get it out...any truth do that?

Dealer wants $710 to do the job, $280 for alternator, rest is labor (prices in Canadian $'s). I've changed the alternator in other vehicles..not that hard to do, but if I'm having to drain the coolant, take out the rad, etc.....

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Yes, you will definitely need to remove the radiator. As you said, normally its just a few bolts and bam you are done with it. But with the 6thgens you have a very very tight space to work with which is why the radiator needs to be removed. There is a reason why the Dealership charges so much for this repair and itís because it is very time consuming. For the average person with limited knowledge it may take up to 6hrs. Are you willing to do that? If you have the patience/time you could probably do it yourself. Itís not a hard job. But to avoid the time involved and stress-level build of labor intensive work lolÖ you can just take it to the dealer or reputable shop.

So basically you are paying to drain radiator, remove the radiator and all associated bolts, replace the alternator, put the radiator back in and finally refill your radiator with new coolant.

Your price comes out to $692.15 USD which is about average for this time of work. I just called a dealer here and the cost is approx. $600 with a discounted % off. Normal prices are around $650 give or take. See if you can get some sort of discount. J

Any other shops or dealers you can get a quote from??
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Thanx for the info Eddy....gonna call a few shops I know in the area. I know I could do it myself....but I don't really have the time to it myself.

Thanx again.
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That's good info Eddy. I had no idea...
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That's good info Eddy. I had no idea...
I learned the hard lollll.... It sure was long and frustrating.
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