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Recent Alternator Repair Mechanic Reviews in Bristol


46 Reviews

Carcraft

Garage in Bristol, 40 years of experience

Carcraft Servicing and repairs has been operating since 1980 The garage offers a 5 bay workshop and an additional MOT bay for class 4 testing. We offer alloy and steel welding inc alloy wheel repairs , servi...



158 Reviews

Westbourne Motors

Garage in Bristol, 53 years of experience

The Company’s Roadside Assistance brand is now the preferred choice for the South of England and has become synonymous with efficiency, punctuality and courtesy resulting in all the major motoring organisati...


21st October 2021

LAURA, Salisbury

SEAT Leon • Full Service


78 Reviews

Akb

Mobile mechanic in Bristol, 25 years of experience

I began my mechanic career with an Austin Rover dealership and in my time there it changed to Rover and I worked in the business for around 4 years. For a number of years I worked in various businesses doing...


3rd February 2019

PAUL, Bristol

Vauxhall Movano • Major Service


369 Reviews

L&G Auto Mobile Mechanic

Garage in Bristol, 24 years of experience

I began my career on the YTS scheme through an independent Ford garage. I spent some time working in independent garages gaining experience on a range of makes & models. I moved into a dealership environmen...



343 Reviews

Dwmechanics

Mobile mechanic serving Bristol, 21 years of experience

I completed my apprenticeship at Brunel Ford in Bristol for around 4 years before moving to Mercedes and Vauxhall respectively to gain valuable knowledge and understand different makes & models of cars. I h...


29th July 2016

DIONE, GLOS

Land Rover Freelander • Clutch replacement


37 Reviews


32 Reviews

S P Motors

Garage serving Bristol, 7 years of experience

Whilst completing my training and working in an independent garage for 7 years I also ran my own workshop where I pride myself in hard honest work at a good fair price and have decided to do this on a full t...



303 Reviews

Eastlake Garage

Garage serving Bristol, 14 years of experience

Our company is based on the belief that our customers’ needs are of the utmost importance. Our entire team are committed to meeting those needs. As a result, a high percentage of our business is from repeat ...



105 Reviews

Ac Automotive Wiltshire LTD

Garage serving Bristol, 10 years of experience

I began my career studying at City of Bristol College to gain my NVQ qualifications. My first role was with All About Bikes in Bristol for over 3 years before moving to Porsche Mode for 12 months then onto a...


20th March 2019

RICHARD, Chippenham

BMW X3 • MOT with collection & delivery

Want to learn more about Alternator repairs in Bristol?

Read our short guide with information on costs, symptoms and more.

What does an alternator do?

The alternator is an electrical generator driven by a belt off the engine to charge the battery of the car. It is vital that the alternator works effectively, seeing that the battery provides electricity to a range of components.

What does an alternator replacement involve?

  • Mechanic will inspect the car's battery charging system.
  • Mechanic will inspect the alternator's ancillaries (drive belt, cables etc.)
  • Mechanic will test the voltage output of the alternator.
  • If necessary, the mechanic will replace the alternator.
  • Mechanic will advise if any other parts of the electric system need to be replaced.
  • Mechanic will test the charging system and will test drive the car.

Can I replace my alternator myself?

Unless you are a qualified mechanic with the required skills, training and equipment to do the job, we strongly recommend an alternator replacement is only carried out by a professional mechanic. ClickMechanic can help get you a vetted and local mechanic to carry out the work. Just enter your postcode and your car's registration number at the top of this page and select the work needed to get an instant fixed price up front.

What are the symptoms of a bad alternator?

  • When the battery warning light on the car's dashboard has lit up.
  • When the battery is not being recharged

How long does it take a mechanic to replace an alternator?

On average, alternator replacement times can range from 1 hour to 2.5 hours with an average of just over 1 hour. The time that the job takes will depend on a number of factors, like your vehicle's make and model, year, as well as other factors. Select your car at the top of this page for information on job time and cost for your vehicle through ClickMechanic.

How often should I replace an AC Condensor?

Generally alternators only need to be replaced if there is an issue with them. Should you experience any problems like those listed it is important to have the battery charging system inspected and, if necessary, have the alternator replaced.

As the demand for more and more electrical equipment and devices on modern vehicles increases, the demand on the alternator is increased. Therefore whilst the units themselves have improved dramatically in design and reliability, this is outweighed by the increased reliance on it. So, alternator replacement is a frequent repair on most vehicles at some point.

What are the signs of a bad alternator?

If the battery light remains on with the ignition (and does not go out once the charging is in operation), or comes on with the engine running then there is an issue with the alternator generating power and the battery will not be recharged. It is important to get a professional mechanic to check the issue as soon as possible.

How can I extend the lifetime of my alternator?

Because it is not possible to turn the alternator off and it will therefore always be turning when the engine is running, there is little you can do to prevent wear and tear. Obviously as an electrical device, they do not like water, so avoiding flooding is important!

Can you drive with a bad alternator?

If you have a bad alternator then technically your car will likely still drive, but it is advisable to get help from a professional mechanic before running the vehicle again. Not addressing issues with the alternator will lead to your battery not getting charged and a flat battery, ultimately leading to your vehicle not being able to start again.

Should you replace battery with alternator?

Whether you will need to replace the battery with the alternator ultimately depends on the battery's condition. If you're not sure if it needs replacing we'd recommend booking with a professional mechanic to check the issue and advise on next steps.

How long will a battery last with a bad alternator?

There are a number of factors that would determine how long a battery would last if the alternator is bad and not charging it correctly. Primarily it will depend on how much energy your car consumes and the condition of the battery.

Is a faulty alternator an MOT failure?

No, a car will not fail its MOT on an alternator issue itself. The alternator is not checked as part of the MOT, but a garage may flag it as something to address outside of an MOT to help ensure your vehicle will be able to charge its battery as intended.

Can a bad or faulty alternator affect a new battery?

A bad alternator can damage a new battery if the battery is not receiving the proper charging voltage. While it may not completely destroy it, a faulty alternator can cause a new battery to drain more quickly than it should.

Can a car work without an alternator?

It is possible for a car to run without an alternator, but it will not run for very long. It is likely that the battery will eventually die, and the car will eventually come to a halt.

Can an alternator fail suddenly?

Alternators can fail suddenly, but more often than not they will slowly lose their ability to charge the battery and eventually die. So even if it fails while driving, you may still be able to drive the car a few miles before the car comes to a complete stop.

How do I check if my car alternator is working properly?

The easiest way to check if your alternator is working is to start the car and let it idle. Then, turn on all of the car's accessories one at a time. If the car's battery dies while the accessories are on, then the alternator is not working.

Additionally, the battery should be tested for voltage. If the battery is low, the alternator may not be charging the battery. Depending on the electrical system, a voltmeter reading in the 13.8 to 15.3 volt range with the engine running, lights and accessories off, generally indicates that the alternator is working as it should be.

Can I jumpstart a car with a bad or faulty alternator?

If the battery is not dead, then yes, you can jumpstart a car with a bad alternator, but it will only run for a short period of time before the battery is drained again.

What happens when the car alternator fails while I am driving?

If your alternator dies while driving, your car will eventually lose power and come to a stop. You may notice the first signs of a dying alternator with dimmed interior lights and warning lights on the dashboard. The best thing to do in this case is find a safe place to stop and call for professional help.

How do I fix a bad alternator?

In most cases the alternator would be replaced if it bad or faulty. Alternators can be refurbished but often getting a new one fitted is more cost-effective. An alternator is an electrical component that is key to supplying power to your car so fixing it is a job best left to qualified technicians.

Can Bristol garages offer home collection and delivery for alternator repair?

Yes, many garages in Bristol are able to offer collection and delivery for an alternator repair. With ClickMechanic collection & delivery is free if your vehicle is drivable. Once booked a mechanic will pick up the vehicle on the day and time of your choice, do the work, and return the vehicle at a time convenient to you. Simply enter your vehicle registration number and postcode to get an upfront price for a alternator repair in Bristol.

Can Bristol mobile mechanics do alternator repair at my home or office?

Yes, Bristol mobile mechanics can do an alternator repair at your home or office, provided there is a safe and sufficient space to conduct the repair or replacement. With ClickMechanic, once booked for a date and time of your choice, your booking will be offered to vetted mobile mechanics in your area.

How much does a Alternator repair cost in Bristol?

The average cost of a Alternator repair in Bristol is on average between £317 and £395. Ultimately the cost for a Alternator repair in Bristol depends on the make and model of your car. Check out the ClickMechanic price below, and find out what you'd pay at a franchise dealer in Bristol. We use industry standard data & millions of data points so you know what you should be paying.

These estimates may include Alternator. We have quotes for the top 57 manufacturers.

Name ClickMechanic Click Mechanic average Franchise dealer estimate

Alfa Romeo

£332 £326 - £654 Get exact price

Audi

£372 £349 - £678 Get exact price

Austin

£189 £219 - £309 Get exact price

Bentley

£490 £523 - £797 Get exact price

BMW

£438 £400 - £764 Get exact price

Cadillac

£318 £357 - £531 Get exact price

Chevrolet

£289 £275 - £538 Get exact price

Chrysler

£450 £446 - £821 Get exact price

Citroen

£347 £333 - £642 Get exact price

Dacia

£272 £319 - £476 Get exact price

Daewoo

£280 £299 - £470 Get exact price

Daihatsu

£251 £228 - £470 Get exact price

Daimler

£332 £403 - £501 Get exact price

Dodge

£443 £404 - £755 Get exact price

DS

£351 £353 - £587 Get exact price

Fiat

£297 £291 - £541 Get exact price

Ford

£317 £323 - £545 Get exact price

Honda

£416 £383 - £749 Get exact price

Hyundai

£358 £350 - £618 Get exact price

Infiniti

£368 £499 - £499 Get exact price

Isuzu

£379 £448 - £579 Get exact price

Iveco

£326 £335 - £522 Get exact price

Jaguar

£411 £397 - £703 Get exact price

Jeep

£445 £398 - £766 Get exact price

Kia

£375 £344 - £653 Get exact price

Land Rover

£406 £422 - £703 Get exact price

LDV

£328 £339 - £528 Get exact price

Lexus

£451 £459 - £726 Get exact price

London Taxi's International

£269 £371 - £371 Get exact price

Lotus

£235 £315 - £347 Get exact price

Maserati

£599 £731 - £825 Get exact price

Mazda

£344 £321 - £597 Get exact price

Mercedes-Benz

£466 £428 - £841 Get exact price

MG

£272 £305 - £466 Get exact price

MINI

£378 £388 - £689 Get exact price

Mitsubishi

£325 £325 - £562 Get exact price

Mitsubishi Fuso

£229 £329 - £329 Get exact price

Nissan

£364 £333 - £660 Get exact price

Perodua

£262 £303 - £422 Get exact price

Peugeot

£352 £331 - £662 Get exact price

Peugeot Talbot

£247 £288 - £376 Get exact price

Piaggio

£235 £324 - £324 Get exact price

Porsche

£509 £515 - £866 Get exact price

Proton

£363 £262 - £707 Get exact price

Renault

£397 £381 - £759 Get exact price

Rover

£340 £324 - £733 Get exact price

Saab

£364 £384 - £613 Get exact price

SEAT

£330 £319 - £581 Get exact price

Skoda

£341 £327 - £610 Get exact price

Smart

£395 £379 - £722 Get exact price

Ssangyong

£527 £568 - £795 Get exact price

Subaru

£288 £249 - £507 Get exact price

Suzuki

£323 £340 - £533 Get exact price

Toyota

£340 £346 - £595 Get exact price

Vauxhall

£355 £340 - £624 Get exact price

Volkswagen

£360 £347 - £652 Get exact price

Volvo

£340 £347 - £573 Get exact price

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  • Moskvich
  • Ford US
  • Aixam
  • FSO
  • Maybach
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  • Tata
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  • Lada
  • Lancia

Estimates on repair costs, such as the above results for an alternator repair, are created by combining data from multiple third-party sources. The actual cost of using your local repair providers may be outside of the estimated range. We provide estimates on repair costs for information only and accept no liability for any inaccuracies or errors. If you think an estimate is incorrect, please contact us to let us know.

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Recent Alternator repair quotes in Bristol

These recent quotes were taken from our quote engine which uses third-party industry standard data on repair times, along with a live parts retailer, and a regional labour rate to build an accurate free quote. We are constantly improving our quote engine, so please let us know if a price seems incorrect.

£205.45

Alternator replacement

Citroen Berlingo
Bristol
£180.21

Alternator replacement

Nissan Micra
Bristol
£254.51

Alternator replacement

Audi A3
Bristol
£320.63

Alternator replacement

Alfa Romeo Giulietta
Bristol