Tips for Replacing Your Alternator

A metal carport will help you work on your car

Changing your Alternator with the Help from your Carport

What supplies power to your vehicle?  If you said your cranking battery, you may want to check again. Your car’s alternator is the hardest working mechanism under your hood. Not only does your alternator keep your vehicle running, it supplies power to your entire vehicle (radio, heater, GPS, headlights, air conditioner etc.).

When your alternator goes bad, guess what?  So does your car.  Alternators can average anywhere from $100 to $350 depending on the make and model. Most vehicles will fall into the $350-400 range for the total job of alternator replacement with no other parts replaced. You can also save money with a used alternator, but you have to be careful with what you are buying.  It is highly recommended to speak to an mechanic to make sure if anything else needs to be replaced.

Replacing your alternator when it goes bad is critical and having a convenient usable spot to work on your car is also critical.  That is why a carport is the way to go.

When you are working on your car you need one thing: a carport.

How To Replace Your Alternator:

When you are replacing your alternator, it is a big job, so it takes a long time. Replacing an alternator takes approximately from 2 – 5 hours on average.

Your car’s alternator is powered by your serpentine belt (just about all late-model vehicles a serpentine belt is used to drive the main pulleys), and this must be removed in order to remove the alternator. If the belt hasn’t been replaced in some time, or is showing signs of cracking or wear, now is the perfect time to replace it.

Also, make sure to check your battery with 12 volt system to make sure it still has sufficient voltage.

Working On Your Car Under a Carport

Having a large metal carport to work under in order to block the hot sun or wind from you is a must. Not only does it let you stay in the open air, a metal carport gives you the benefit of staying dry and getting the job done.

Make sure you stay safe and covered with a carport from

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