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Old 06-28-2011, 01:28 PM   #1
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Good mechanics in houston for alternator?

So I'm a bit torn presently since my alternator has apparently gone out or is in its death throes. Generally I only take things to the dealership (since I have an extended warranty), but then again, the dealership always shafts me in hundreds of dollars of not covered diagnostic charges... and made it known they have no desire to hear my opinions on my cars issues. So anyone know any good mechanics in Houston?

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Old 06-28-2011, 03:19 PM   #2
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We have all in the Houston crew, have actually helped each other out and worked on each other's cars.

If you would like some help, let us know ... we would love to have a "Fix and Meet" as we do that often.

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Old 06-28-2011, 04:02 PM   #3
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Thank you Tukani, I know such has been done for my friend before as well (vonkrause). Well, you can see the whole issue here:
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=261475

I don't think remanufacturing the alternator is really going to be one of those on the spot jobs ._.

And from what everyone tells me I shouldn't just buy one from the local shops, I should take it in or something to have it rebuilt since the aftermarket ones aren't reliable.

I'm more than up for any input/help!
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You can buy the alternator from like Autozone or O'Reilly, they will test it for you and if good to go ... just put it in. ... Mine is re-built and works just fine **Knocks on Wood**

And hey man ... were you the one who drives the hatch and it broke down at Whataburger with Justin?

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Old 06-28-2011, 06:34 PM   #5
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You can buy the alternator from like Autozone or O'Reilly, they will test it for you and if good to go ... just put it in. ... Mine is re-built and works just fine **Knocks on Wood**

And hey man ... were you the one who drives the hatch and it broke down at Whataburger with Justin?

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Yep that's me... and that's what I meant by buying from autozone or something, people in the other thread advised against buying from them. I know little about cars (although spent all this week doing research), and from what I read replacing the alt on my model requires an engine lift... whereas the biggest thing I've ever done was change oil.

I assumed Justin called you about the issue in the first place when i was trying to figure out if it was the alternator or not.
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I've installed my alternator like 4 times, so now i've gotten it down to doing an install in under 20-30 mins. Whenever you're ready, we can try to arrange a meet with the guys and help you out.
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Old 06-28-2011, 10:32 PM   #8
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Well I'm still a bit torn on what alternator to buy right now, or if it's cost effective to buy one or go to a shop and get the part covered by my warranty (which is $100 deductible + diagnostics + anything else they decide to fool with that isn't covered).

Going to call around tomorrow I guess and see about prices.
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I would replace the battery wire at the same time. I been through 4 alternators, all bad due to the wires. Our foci don't have very good wire from the factory IMO. The wire goes from the Alt. to the starter and then to the battery. So any problems with the wires will cause problems like the alternator or battery is going out. Heck you can probably just replace the wires and your problem might even go away? From reading your thread it looks like that may be your issue not the alternator. Once I replaced my wires I haven't replaced the alternator in a few years now. I did however have to replace the wires just recently do to them corroding from me washing my engine off, but that's due to a oil leak that I can't fix without new parts.

Most of us houston guys have replaced out own alternators so I'm sure we can have a fix-it meet soon. Heck I'm still saying we should have a meet where we all replace our fuel filters.
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Oh did I mention I just bought the battery cables at autozone and put them on my self, they were like 12 bucks if I remember right? Cheap semi easy fix. You still need to jack the car up and crawl underneath it to get access to the starter where the cables bolt to it. I'd try the cables first before the alternator.
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