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Cadillac CTS Alternator Replacement

An alternator generates electric power in a car and is a major component of the car's charging system. Replacement costs depend on the year, make, and model of the car.

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Cadillac CTS Alternator Replacement

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Delivery
Price
2012 Cadillac CTS 3.6L V6 Premium
93,000 miles
Casey R  • 
September 7, 2020 2:13 PM  • 
Moreno Valley CA 92555
$1,050
5.30  hrs
1.50  hrs
2004 Cadillac CTS 3.6L V6
72,000 miles
Maria elena G  • 
July 19, 2020 7:41 PM  • 
Whittier CA 90605
$442
2.20  hrs
1.70  hrs
2006 Cadillac CTS 2.8L V6
139,817 miles
Sergio A  • 
July 18, 2020 12:35 AM  • 
El Cajon CA 92021
$427
5.10  hrs
1.50  hrs
2013 Cadillac CTS 3.6L V6 Performance
70,000 miles
Ronnie J  • 
June 29, 2020 6:49 PM  • 
Wildomar CA 92595
$721
6.10  hrs
1.60  hrs
2006 Cadillac CTS 2.8L V6
142,000 miles
Chauncey S  • 
June 16, 2020 2:30 AM  • 
Phoenix AZ 85050
$417
5.10  hrs
1.40  hrs
2004 Cadillac CTS 3.6L V6
155,000 miles
Jason L  • 
May 6, 2020 7:55 PM  • 
Moreno Valley CA 92557
$263
7.10  hrs
2.30  hrs
2008 Cadillac CTS 3.6L V6
126,000 miles
Tammy C  • 
May 5, 2020 6:22 PM  • 
Las Vegas NV 89123
$426
3.50  hrs
1.20  hrs
2003 Cadillac CTS 3.2L V6
170,000 miles
Chamberley D  • 
April 20, 2020 5:06 PM  • 
Phoenix AZ 85024
$400
5.30  hrs
1.30  hrs
2010 Cadillac CTS 3.6L V6
130,000 miles
David C  • 
April 13, 2020 1:58 AM  • 
San Diego CA 92122
$565
5.10  hrs
2.50  hrs
2007 Cadillac CTS 2.8L V6 Base
25,000 miles
Kyle M  • 
February 24, 2020 1:00 PM  • 
Los Angeles CA 90025
$445
2.80  hrs
1.50  hrs
2006 Cadillac CTS 2.8L V6
150,000 miles
Tommie G  • 
November 22, 2019 7:33 PM  • 
Palmdale CA 93551
$375
4.20  hrs
1.50  hrs
2003 Cadillac CTS Luxury
130,000 miles
Julie B  • 
September 3, 2019 9:57 PM  • 
Palmdale CA 93550
$532
2.00  hrs
1.50  hrs
2007 Cadillac CTS 3.6L V6
190,000 miles
William D  • 
 • 
Long Beach CA 90802
$598
3.20  hrs
1.90  hrs
2008 Cadillac CTS 3.6L V6
85,735 miles
Charles L  • 
 • 
Las Vegas NV 89122
$125
4.80  hrs
1.20  hrs
2003 Cadillac CTS 3.2L V6
127,000 miles
Marcell R  • 
 • 
Fresno CA 93710
$210
2.00  hrs
1.80  hrs
2009 Cadillac CTS 3.6L V6
135,852 miles
Larry F  • 
 • 
Phoenix AZ 85033
$180
5.50  hrs
1.80  hrs
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What is an Alternator?

The alternator is responsible for two things. First, it powers the electrical units when your car is running. The radio, lights, window switches, USB ports, etc., are all powered by the alternator. And second, it recharges the car’s battery, which is the source of electricity when the car is turned off. Your car’s alternator gains power from the engine. It’s connected to the engine via a drive belt, and it converts that energy into usable electricity. It’s a pretty simple system. However, the alternator does need to be regulated, to make sure that nothing is overcharged or undercharged. In older cars, that’s the job of the voltage regulator. In newer cars, the engine control module (ECM) is responsible for those duties.
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Symptoms of a failing Alternator

Car won’t start

When your car is running, the alternator uses energy from the engine to recharge the battery. When the car is off, it needs that electricity from the battery in order to turn back on. If the car won’t turn on, it may be because the alternator isn’t recharging the battery.

Hard starting

Similarly, if the alternator isn’t charging the battery sufficiently, you’ll likely have trouble starting the car, also known as a hard start.

Stalling

You might think that these issues only arise when starting the vehicle, but a malfunctioning alternator can actually result in stalling when your car is turned on.

Lights that are too bright or too dim

If the alternator is sending too much electricity to the electrical units, your car’s lights will likely be brighter than they’re supposed to be. Conversely, if the alternator isn’t sending enough electricity, then the lights will be too dim.

Whining noise

A busted alternator will often make an annoying whining noise when the engine is running.

Warning lights

A malfunctioning alternator will usually result in a warning light or two illuminating on your dashboard. The check engine warning light and a charging system warning light are most common.

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How urgent is an Alternator replacement?

Usually a faulty alternator won’t cause further damage to the vehicle. However, if it is overcharging or undercharging certain electrical units, it is possible for some damage to occur. A malfunctioning alternator does make your car less reliable, however, due to the potential issues with stalling and starting, so it’s best to get it replaced immediately if you’re starting to notice the above symptoms.

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