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How long do rebuilt alternators last?

When people have their car alternator replaced, the expectation is that the repair will last at least as long as the expected life of the new alternator, four to five years or anywhere from 50,000 to 100,000 miles. Plus, like many auto repairs, replacing an alternator is not cheap.

Should you replace belt when replacing alternator?

Since the belt has to be removed during the alternator replacement anyway, this is a great time to install a new belt and tensioner if required, too.

Should you replace serpentine belt when replacing alternator?

Serpentine belts are standard in just about any vehicle from the last quarter century. And they’re crucial for running everything from alternators to power steering. In other words, when it’s time to replace it, replace it.

Can I drive a car with a bad alternator?

Technically yes. If you have a bad alternator or you’re just starting to experience car alternator problems, you can still drive it; however, it’s best not to. If your alternator has stopped working entirely, you have minimal time before your car stalls and won’t restart since you have a dead battery.

What happens when a car alternator dies?

If your alternator goes out – your car isn’t going anywhere fast. Because your alternator charges your car’s battery, without it, you won’t be able to start your car, which means you’ll need a tow to the mechanic. When you have a dead alternator, your battery will also die during normal use.

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What do I need to know before replacing an alternator?

Can Jiffy Lube replace an alternator?

ALTERNATOR REPLACEMENT SERVICE The Jiffy Lube® technician can diagnostic the alternator failure and replace it with a new one.

What is the lifespan of a serpentine belt?

On average, serpentine belts should last between 60,000 and 100,000 miles. However, if you’re only putting a few thousand miles annually on your vehicle, don’t use that mileage interval as the sole guide for when to replace the serpentine belt.

How much does an alternator belt cost?

The replacement cost of an alternator belt is typically between $100 and $200. The part cost is between $25 and $80 while the labor cost is between $75 and $120. The true replacement cost will depend on how long it takes the mechanic to access your alternator belt.

What is the average cost to replace a serpentine belt?

A typical serpentine belt start at around $25 and goes up to $75 at most. If you know some car repair basics, you could change the belt yourself, and it may save you paying labor charges somewhere between $75 and $120. All together, you’re looking at around $100 to $195 to replace your serpentine belt.