What is an Alternator?

The alternator is a mechanical/electrical engine accessory that runs the vehicle’s electrical components and keeps the vehicles battery charged.

How much does a used Alternator usually cost?

The cost of a used ABS Pump can range from $25-$30 upto $75-$100 for some vehicles.


Vehicle Rebuilt/New Recycled Savings
2001 Dodge Ram 1500 $297.00 $45.00 $252.00
2008 Mercedes CLK $438.00 $100.00 $338.00
2002 Chrysler PT Cruiser $266.00 $35.00 $231.00
2013 Ford Truck F150 $311.00 $100.00 $211.00
2002 Lexus RX300 $446.00 $75.00 $371.00
2006 Dodge Ram 3500 $396.00 $75.00 $321.00

Things to keep in mind when buying

Make sure pulley is in good shape. Make sure the AMPS on donor vehicle are the same or greater. Make sure the brackets are the same. If possible get a picture of what the donor alternator looks like and compare.

Installation Tips

Disconnect the battery cable. Inspect your fan belt while you’ve got the alternator off. Also check the fan belt tensioner. This is a good time to replace those if needed.

Ongoing maintenance

No real maintenance here other than what might be noted in your owners manual.