Madison, Wisconsin
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I have a 1998 dodge caravan.This will be my third rebuilt alternator that I'll have to put in.

The first I put in 2007, the second April 2010 and now the third June 2010.No problem with the life time warrenty,but this alternator is not easy to put in and take out.Where they rebuild them they need to chage everything out,not just doing what needs to be done.This is my last time I will change this out.I will demand my money back next time.This will be the last alternator I'll buy there.

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Spaceguy 85
Friendswood, Texas, United States #1276516
As I see it, whoever came up with putting the voltage regulator inside the alt. should be roasted. Chrysler, and most other manufacturers for years mounted the voltage regulator on the firewall, making it easier to change. This is the part that most of the time seems to be the failure, but, you cannot just get the voltage regulator, you have to buy the entire alt. assembly. POOR DESIGN!
Spaceguy 85
Friendswood, Texas, United States #1276514
I agree with you. On my 2003 Nissan Frontier, I too have had a very high failure rate. The one I just changed was a bit over a year old. They need to re-evaluate the failures, and work to improve the quality of the product. My original alt. lasted for 12 years. I have now changed 4 since the original went bad. Very hard to get to. Changing it out is a real pain. Next time, I will consider an OEM version.
Jimsjeep91
Fort Worth, Texas, United States #1241274
Here's my advice (after reading reviews on rebuilt alternators). DON'T BUY A REBUILT ALTERNATOR PERIOD.
I tried Pep Boys...Number 4 was a good one...in just a months time...FOUR REBUILT ALTERNATORS!
Ultima rebuilts have bad reviews
Duralast have bad reviews.
NEW ALTERNATORS seem however to get no bad reviews. Imagine that. I think I paid $20 more for a new one over a rebuilt. Now why would you want a rebuilt anything for just that difference. So if you buy rebuilt QUIT COMPLAINING!
Spaceguy 85
to Jimsjeep91 Friendswood, Texas, United States #1276515
With all due respect, the comment you made about "QUIT COMPLAINING" was bit harsh. After all, when you are stranded, and that is all that is available, that is what you have to go with. In my case, there were no new ones, except OEM, and that would take 3-5 days to get. There should be nothing wrong with re-built, as long as the actual jobber folks do it correctly. In my opinion, we should move the rebuilding back to the USA. Rebuilding in China or Mexico is the real problem.
Johnny Angel
Torrance, California, United States #848576
I purchased a alternator and Duralast battery at AZ only to get stranded and drain my new battery. I had the new battery charged just to make it back to AZ to have them tell me the Voltage Regulator in the Alternator I just purchased wasn't working and draining my new Battery. So I missed another day of work, hopefully the next alternator they had to order is a better one. I was probably better off going to my Toyota dealer and saving the aggravation and probably saving more by not missing work.
Anonymous
to Johnny Angel #976443
Same problem with my 2005 Honda element. I did buy the Premium Alternator after first trying the rebuilt lower quality alternator.
Bench test the new alternator and green pass. put it in my Element and red light comes on??? Guys in the stre where great trying to figure out what the problem was...
I believe the manuf. Duralast is the problem>
Autozone Sucks
#829411
F**K Autozone! We bought a Lifetime Warranty Alternator and it has failed 4 times! 3 of those times in the last month. Now, even though we have a lifetime warranty on this piece of ***, they won't allow us to return it for a refund, so we can stop spending $40 every time we need to get a new one put it. I will never step foot in another Autozone.
unhappy consumer
#750506
I'm on my sixth alternator from Autozone. The Gold series. Unlike some other stories about installation pain this one is fairly easy to get to. (96 Suburban, 5.7L) I've had numerous quality issues with Autozone parts. I think their prices are lower because they stock the lowest bid equipment from suppliers. I am going to ask for my money back on the 7th unit. It already does not charge if I run anything other than the radio. The gentlemen's response of less diodes sounds about right to me. Rebuilt mechanical parts but keeping old electronics.
high schoolers know more than
#733412
i went thru 4 alternators on a 2000 ford contour 2.5 v6 in the span of 3 months this was not an easy job to do the store said it was my fault i was doing something wrong or something was wrong with my car.(to get the 7 alternators out the door of the store it took them testing 5 others most the time to get one that passed on the bench)i finally got my money back after the fourth one and went over the store managers head and put a reman motorcraft (ford oem brand for you that dont know) its now been on just a month shy of 3 years and just over 62k miles no as much as a hicup... after this i ordeal i stopped buying anything from them just bc they have poor knowledge and customer service skills reason enough for me with out even mentioning poor quality products.
kj
Richardson, Texas, United States #679733
I can tell you for a fact that after the second Duralast alternator failed within two years, I found the problem. Before removing the alternator this last time, I went and bought the replacement at Autozone with the intention of returning the expired alternator after replacing it. When I got home with the new remanufactured alternator I took it apart to find out why they were failing so frequently.

I discovered that while there should have been eight diodes,there were only six. It's a fact that an alternator cannot have too many diodes. You can externally bridge as many as you like and the life and reliability will be greatly improved. However you can have too few. The result of too few diodes is a shorter service life.

FACT.

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