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Alternator question

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Nepil, Feb 9, 2011.

  1. Feb 9, 2011 at 3:32 PM
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    Nepil

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    I broke a belt today when I started up my truck. The pulley on my alternator seems to be frozen. Does anyone know if I can just replace the pulley/bearing instead of the whole thing? My battery power seems to be strong, which makes me believe that the alt. itself is still good. I havent taken it out yet to look at it closely,but it seems like this may be a little cheaper fix if possible.
     
  2. Feb 9, 2011 at 4:02 PM
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    I'm pretty sure the pulley is solid on a shaft that runs through the alternator with a bearing on either end. I think you'll need to replace the whole alternator if it wont turn.
     
  3. Feb 9, 2011 at 4:18 PM
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    Thanks for your response. I havent had time to take it out yet, it was just an idea.
     
  4. Feb 9, 2011 at 4:38 PM
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    the alt is really easy to change.. If i remember right its held in by the tension bolt and the mounting bolt.. you can swap it out in 30 mins or less.. I had to change mine march last year and i got one for $250 and thats here in alaska. so you should be able to get it cheaper..
     
  5. Feb 9, 2011 at 4:46 PM
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    yeah, its a easy fix. Just found one at auto parts warehouse for $80. Not sure of the quality though. Going rate is about $200. Just looking to save a dime. Thanks for your input. All advice is greatly appreciated.
     
  6. Feb 9, 2011 at 6:43 PM
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    I would call around at an alternator repair shop and ask them if the bearing can be replaced. I just had a bearing replaced on my wife's alternator in her Grand Caravan for $60, which was better than $170
     
  7. Feb 10, 2011 at 5:43 AM
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    Nepil

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    I'm taking it in to a rebuild shop this morning. Estimated cost of repair- $60. I'll post the outcome when I get it back. Thanks for the idea!
     
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