Ace Auto Parts offers used alternators for all types of vehicles. The alternator keeps the electrical current flowing through your car to keep the battery charged. When the alternator goes out, it’s not long before the battery will lose its charge. You may also have problems starting the car, as the engine cranks slowly or doesn’t crank at all. Before you replace an alternator, you should explore other possible causes for your battery going dead or your car not starting. If you decide to replace the alternator, here are some tips to ensure that you are successful.


Disconnect the Battery

The first step in replacing an alternator is to disconnect the battery. Once the job is done, you can reconnect the battery. Upon reconnection, the computer will relearn operating date for your car.


Get a Service Manual

You should purchase a Chilton or Haynes (or similar) service manual for your vehicle. The manual will tell you everything you need to know about the alternator and how to replace it. Make sure the manual is an industry standard manual that ASE certified mechanics would endorse.


The Location of the Alternator

If you look on the drive belt end of the engine, you are likely to find the alternator near the top. All alternators are accessible from under the hood, so you shouldn’t have to get under the vehicle. We have seen that some alternators are more accessible from under the engine. It depends on the make and model of your car.


Use a Tensioner

To remove the alternator from your car, you’ll need to loosen the tension on the drive belt. We highly recommend that you use a tensioner to perform this function. While it is possible to use other tools, a tensioner will give you the leverage you need to loosen the belt without breaking the tension belt pulley bolt.


Replace with Used Parts

Many of the cars in our salvage yard have alternators that work fine and are in excellent condition. By finding a used part, you will save a significant amount of money without sacrificing quality. If you have any questions about any of our alternators, feel free to ask. We can also help you find the right new or used alternator for your car if you cannot locate it yourself.


Ace Auto Parts Has Quality Used Auto Parts

No matter what type of used auto part you are looking for, you can find it at Ace Auto Parts. We provide a wide selection of parts for both foreign and domestic vehicles. Check out our app that you can download onto your smartphone. Our app gives you instant access to our inventory. You can also call us at 651-717-4299, or you can message us on our contact page. We serve car owners in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area.