The bearings are going on my alternator.... at 77,000 miles.... predictable
replacement period for the oe alternator. car is a 1990 Olds Silhouette
I'm looking online at www.advanceautoparts.com They have several mfr's
Delco Remy Premium
All are remanufactured...several have a lifetime warranty... all are within
$100. - $120. price range.
I'm planning to keep the car, so would like to get a dependable unit...
Any suggestions / recommendations ? I'm assuming all have been
rebuilt in a third world country somewhere....(China is a quality control
Some good advice please !!! Thanks !!!!
All are good if they have been remanu with quality parts.
Be sure and get one with LifeTime Warranty AND made for high
heat applications. I get a free new LifeTime Warranty kind every
2 1/2 years when they burn out in my Grand Am.
On Wed, 6 Aug 2003 21:18:18 -0400 (EDT), email@example.com
(Rich B) wrote:
Unfortunately places like Advance Auto and Pep Boys are the only
parts houses in my area except for the dealer parts department which
will charge 2 or 3 times more for the same item. What is your opinion
of Car Quest? Aren't they the same people who own Federated Auto?
I've never dealt with Car Quest but I have dealt with the others. I
think that the important thing is to get a good brand and buy their best
quality parts. Not all rebuilders put out good quality parts. The guy
I deal with has been in business since the 1960's (I've been dealing
with him since the day he opened) and will give me guidance on brands
and prices when I ask him to. He has never steered me wrong (and I get
the same price as the garages).
I rarely buy parts at the dealer because they are grossly overpriced.
The only time I deal with other suppliers is when I'm out of the area
and need a part immediately but it is usually for my daughter's
vehicles. When I can, I look for NAPA because I trust their parts and
the people that sell them. If I were you, I would check to see if there
are some good parts dealers within a reasonable driving distance. The
independent garages have to buy their parts somehere (although some do
buy from Advance, etc., because they're cheap.
I would rather be exposed to the inconveninces attending too much
liberty than to those attending too small a degree of it.
~ Thomas Jefferson ~
-> (Rich B) wrote:-> -> Unfortunately places like Advance Auto and Pep Boys are the > only
parts houses in my area except for the dealer parts
-> department which will charge 2 or 3 times more for the same > item.
On Fri, 08 Aug 2003 01:23:19 GMT, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
-I believe the correct word is 'similar' item. they are hardly the
-'same' quality as those purchased at a dealership. ;)
The "aftermarket" parts you buy at other stores are the same as from
the dealership. They are manufactured by the same plants at the same
My father worked for TRW, and I spent a summer working in the plant.
This plant supplied GM, Ford and Chrysler, as well as Canadian tire
and I don't know who else. He always bought his parts from Canadian
When I was on the assembly line the decision as to who got the part in
hand was usually determined by the method: is there a space on the
pegs on the assembly conveyor for this? No? then Canadian tire gets
it. If there was room on the assembly conveyor then GM gets it.
They are the same part, same quality, it just costs much less. You
have to get over the "It must be better, it costs more" mentality.
That is just BS drummed into you and alot of other people by markering
departments. "You get what you pay for" is just another way of
saying "It must be better, it costs more".
Reply to email@example.com
Sounds like you are going to replace the alternator yourself, which is
probably the least expensive approach.
However, if you will be having someone else replace it, consider that
alternators are covered by the "lifetime Mr. Goodwrench warranty" that is
provided by most (but not all) GM dealers. Specifically, if the dealer
installs it and it fails while you own the vehicle, then the entire
replacement cost -- parts and labor -- is covered by GM. The biggest catch
is you have to take the vehicle to same dealer that installed the alternator
if it fails again, so if you are on an out-of-town trip and can't limp home
on a failing alternator, the warranty will be worthless.
The alternator in 1993 Trans Sport with 3.8L engine failed at 34,000 miles,
again at 66,000 miles, and again at 96,000 miles. At 34,000 it was replaced
under warranty. At 66,000 I paid for the replacement, and the price at the
dealer, including labor, was about the same as independent garages. At
96,000 it was replaced for free under the lifetime warranty, and at 132,000
and 168,000 and 205,000 when it fails again it will be replaced for free.
I've read in various forums, etc. that the alternator in the Trans Sport /
Silhouette / Lumina have a short lifetime due to excessive heat buildup.
Maybe it's worse with a 3.8L engine -- I don't know.
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