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Dodge Ram 1500 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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Dodge Ram 1500 Alternator Replacement

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2006 Dodge Ram 1500 5.7L V8
108,000 miles
Christy R  • 
August 17, 2020 10:01 PM  • 
Mission Hills CA 91345
2.80  hrs
1.10  hrs
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 3.7L V6
123,000 miles
Dwight L  • 
August 12, 2020 9:04 PM  • 
Las Vegas NV 89148
4.50  hrs
0.70  hrs
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 4.7L V8
211,100 miles
Martin H  • 
August 8, 2020 10:44 PM  • 
Pomona CA 91766
2.40  hrs
0.70  hrs
2001 Dodge Ram 1500 3.9L V6
200,000 miles
Geoffrey W  • 
May 29, 2020 11:39 AM  • 
Tempe AZ 85282
1.40  hrs
1.30  hrs
2004 Dodge Ram 1500 4.7L V8
175,000 miles
Enrique M  • 
April 26, 2020 6:15 PM  • 
Norwalk CA 90650
2.40  hrs
1.10  hrs
2005 Dodge Ram 1500 5.7L V8
140,000 miles
Michael R  • 
April 9, 2020 10:18 PM  • 
Gilbert AZ 85297
5.20  hrs
1.30  hrs
2005 Dodge Ram 1500
206,000 miles
Poppy B  • 
December 28, 2019 9:37 PM  • 
Mission Viejo CA 92692
3.50  hrs
1.10  hrs
2001 Dodge Ram 1500 5.2L V8
394,000 miles
Miguel G  • 
November 22, 2019 11:00 AM  • 
Van Nuys CA 91406
4.70  hrs
0.90  hrs
1999 Dodge Ram 1500 ST
300,000 miles
Harold K  • 
November 21, 2019 1:00 PM  • 
San Francisco CA 94117
4.60  hrs
1.20  hrs
2002 Dodge Ram 1500 SLT
200,000 miles
James L  • 
November 5, 2019 11:37 PM  • 
Corona CA 92882
1.90  hrs
0.90  hrs
2003 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie
145,270 miles
Sofia C  • 
July 9, 2019 2:26 PM  • 
Pomona CA 91767
0.90  hrs
1.20  hrs
2000 Dodge Ram 1500 Laramie
94,638 miles
Sharon B  • 
San Pablo CA 94806
4.10  hrs
1.30  hrs
2005 Dodge Ram 1500 5.7L V8
100,000 miles
Robert D  • 
Las Vegas NV 89169
2.60  hrs
1.00  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.


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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