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25 Reviews

L.P Autos

Garage in Manchester, 10 years of experience

I began my career in an independent garage in Denton, Manchester where I was for 3 years, before moving to National Tyres for 2 years. I gained main dealer experience with Ford in Trafford Park, Manchester ...



48 Reviews

Chorlton Mot

Garage in Manchester, 15 years of experience

Chorlton MOT has been operating for 8 years and we recently moved our premises from Trafford to Chorlton. The business operates a 2 bay workshop and we are looking to expand that. We have 3 fully trained mec...



67 Reviews

I G Repairs

Garage serving Manchester, 9 years of experience

Worked in many small garages for over 9 years under pressure to return customers cars repaired back to them as quickly as possible. Can carry out a wide variety off work on all cars and vans all work carried...



717 Reviews

Jamies Mobile Mechanics

Garage serving Manchester, 14 years of experience

I started my apprenticeship when I left school at the age of 15. I’ve been fully qualified for 11+ years with NVQ level 1, 2 and 3. I’ve been an MOT tester for 10 years. Here at Jamie’s mobile mechanic w...



135 Reviews

J Delaney Automotive

Garage serving Manchester, 19 years of experience

At J Delaney Mobile Mechanic we have 19 years experience working on all makes and models we do everything from a diagnostics inspection to clutch jobs mobile.



149 Reviews

Kpl Auto Services

Mobile mechanic serving Manchester, 22 years of experience

Here at KPL Auto services all aspects of work are carried out by myself to the highest standard. I have worked in the motor trade for 22 years since leaving school in 1998 and going straight into a mechanic...


21st April 2022

LAURA, LITTLE HULTON

Ford Fiesta • Auxiliary drive belt replacement


205 Reviews

A.M.S Tuning

Garage serving Manchester, 20 years of experience

Started when left school. Did training with YTS at Vauxhall main dealer in Bolton, then went on to national tyres, went on to charlie browns where I became a MOT tester. Worked at Honda in Bolton for 3 years...



159 Reviews


30 Reviews

Kar-Techs

Mobile mechanic serving Manchester, 37 years of experience

I started my career completing my mechanical qualifications in 1982 and started off working in an agri-engineering business. In 1989 when I became fully qualified I worked in a garage in Wallingford for arou...



151 Reviews

Dw Mobile

Garage serving Manchester, 9 years of experience

I have 9 years experience in the auto repair industry which started with my apprenticeship at an independent. Having completed my apprenticeship I then went onto work for a number of other independents befor...


Want to learn more about Alternator repairs in Manchester?

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 Manchester garages offer home collection and delivery for alternator repair?

Yes, many garages in Manchester 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 Manchester.

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

Yes, Manchester 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 Manchester?

The average cost of a Alternator repair in Manchester is on average between £311 and £387. Ultimately the cost for a Alternator repair in Manchester 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 Manchester. 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

£322 £313 - £620 Get exact price

Audi

£365 £337 - £656 Get exact price

Austin

£186 £212 - £296 Get exact price

Bentley

£482 £510 - £773 Get exact price

BMW

£432 £387 - £748 Get exact price

Cadillac

£311 £342 - £514 Get exact price

Chevrolet

£283 £262 - £520 Get exact price

Chrysler

£441 £433 - £786 Get exact price

Citroen

£339 £319 - £618 Get exact price

Dacia

£265 £305 - £454 Get exact price

Daewoo

£275 £286 - £457 Get exact price

Daihatsu

£245 £216 - £457 Get exact price

Daimler

£326 £390 - £486 Get exact price

Dodge

£438 £393 - £741 Get exact price

DS

£346 £341 - £575 Get exact price

Fiat

£291 £279 - £523 Get exact price

Ford

£311 £310 - £530 Get exact price

Honda

£409 £371 - £727 Get exact price

Hyundai

£353 £337 - £603 Get exact price

Infiniti

£362 £484 - £484 Get exact price

Isuzu

£372 £435 - £561 Get exact price

Iveco

£322 £328 - £510 Get exact price

Jaguar

£405 £385 - £686 Get exact price

Jeep

£439 £387 - £752 Get exact price

Kia

£370 £333 - £639 Get exact price

Land Rover

£398 £409 - £677 Get exact price

LDV

£323 £331 - £515 Get exact price

Lexus

£446 £446 - £712 Get exact price

London Taxi's International

£264 £359 - £359 Get exact price

Lotus

£230 £302 - £335 Get exact price

Maserati

£592 £716 - £809 Get exact price

Mazda

£339 £310 - £584 Get exact price

Mercedes-Benz

£458 £416 - £814 Get exact price

MG

£266 £293 - £448 Get exact price

MINI

£369 £372 - £660 Get exact price

Mitsubishi

£319 £313 - £547 Get exact price

Mitsubishi Fuso

£224 £315 - £315 Get exact price

Nissan

£358 £320 - £642 Get exact price

Perodua

£256 £291 - £410 Get exact price

Peugeot

£344 £318 - £637 Get exact price

Peugeot Talbot

£244 £282 - £363 Get exact price

Piaggio

£230 £313 - £313 Get exact price

Porsche

£501 £501 - £839 Get exact price

Proton

£357 £250 - £694 Get exact price

Renault

£387 £364 - £727 Get exact price

Rover

£327 £312 - £683 Get exact price

Saab

£357 £370 - £595 Get exact price

SEAT

£324 £306 - £566 Get exact price

Skoda

£335 £315 - £592 Get exact price

Smart

£387 £363 - £698 Get exact price

Ssangyong

£522 £556 - £782 Get exact price

Subaru

£284 £244 - £494 Get exact price

Suzuki

£318 £328 - £520 Get exact price

Toyota

£334 £333 - £576 Get exact price

Vauxhall

£349 £328 - £607 Get exact price

Volkswagen

£353 £334 - £630 Get exact price

Volvo

£334 £335 - £559 Get exact price

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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 Manchester

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.

£186.71

Alternator replacement

Fiat Grande Punto
Manchester
£274.68

Alternator replacement

Skoda Superb
Manchester
£164.44

Alternator replacement

Ford Transit Connect
Manchester
£172.89

Alternator replacement

Ford Transit
Manchester