Join Date: Mar 2008
Car: 2002 L.L. Bean Outback H6 3.0
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Not looking for advise, so much as venting.
OK. 2002 LL Bean wagon with the H6 engine. 196,000 miles and the original alternator. Thinking the alternator can't last much longer I called a local auto electric shop and asked them what to do. They said they would replace the bearings and brushes for $50.00 and then it would be trouble free for a long time. It would take a couple of hours, as they stock the parts. Ok. That was two weeks ago. I brought them the alternator, then they called me and said it would be a coupe of days, because they had to order parts. I picked it up last Friday, and it was $80. ($50 and a couple of hours was the quote, $80 and four days was what happened).
Saturday morning, put it in, and it did not work. Took it it out and brought it back Monday morning. They told me they would have to order parts and call me. Wednesday I got a call stating they could not fix it (mind you it was working fine when I first brought it to them).
They said they could sell me a new one (not rebuilt) for their cost, $140. What choice do I have at this point?
Today I pick it up and bring it home. It is new, but not an OEM. Some off brand from Dubi of all places. I brought it home, started to install it, and it does not fit! The pully is about 1/4 too far back, and the + stud is wrong. Ugh!
What do I do now? I don't even have a core to go to the auto parts store with. I'm tempted to dispute the charges with my credit card company and give the thing they sold me to the auto parts store for a core. Any advise on reman alternators? Advance auto, Napa or Autozone?