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Ford Explorer 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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Ford Explorer Alternator Replacement

RepairSmith offers upfront and competitive pricing. The average cost for Ford Explorer Alternator Replacement is $391. Drop it off at our shop and pick it up a few hours later, or save time and have our Delivery mechanics come to you.

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Drop-off
Delivery
Price
2006 Ford Explorer 4.0L V6
230,000 miles
Noah P  • 
September 14, 2020 6:31 PM  • 
Sacramento CA 95826
$374
2.50  hrs
1.50  hrs
1998 Ford Explorer 4.0L V6
148,000 miles
Michael D  • 
September 12, 2020 3:54 PM  • 
Las Vegas NV 89109
$325
4.90  hrs
1.30  hrs
2004 Ford Explorer 4.0L V6
24,000 miles
Harry S  • 
September 9, 2020 6:05 AM  • 
Tustin CA 92780
$218
1.80  hrs
0.80  hrs
1998 Ford Explorer 5.0L V8
180,000 miles
Kai R  • 
August 26, 2020 7:08 AM  • 
Venice CA 90291
$333
5.10  hrs
1.40  hrs
2008 Ford Explorer 4.0L V6
190,000 miles
Cassie S  • 
August 18, 2020 3:43 PM  • 
Tucson AZ 85712
$221
0.50  hrs
0.70  hrs
1996 Ford Explorer 4.0L V6
145,000 miles
Sharon A  • 
August 9, 2020 12:03 AM  • 
Lake Elsinore CA 92530
$274
3.90  hrs
0.70  hrs
2008 Ford Explorer 4.6L V8 Eddie Bauer
150,000 miles
Emily L  • 
August 3, 2020 2:05 PM  • 
Avondale AZ 85392
$585
6.50  hrs
3.00  hrs
2017 Ford Explorer 3.5L V6
66,145 miles
Tanya T  • 
July 19, 2020 3:41 PM  • 
Phoenix AZ 85022
$800
5.70  hrs
2.00  hrs
1999 Ford Explorer 4.0L V6
258,700 miles
Michael L  • 
July 1, 2020 3:07 PM  • 
Los Angeles CA 90011
$425
3.30  hrs
1.40  hrs
1998 Ford Explorer 4.0L V6
159,819 miles
Kevin F  • 
April 28, 2020 2:21 PM  • 
Huntington Beach CA 92646
$303
1.80  hrs
1.10  hrs
1998 Ford Explorer 5.0L V8
122,000 miles
Ronetta R  • 
April 6, 2020 12:30 PM  • 
Las Vegas NV 89108
$339
3.90  hrs
1.10  hrs
2005 Ford Explorer 4.0L V6
200,000 miles
Deondrae J  • 
March 26, 2020 10:00 AM  • 
Las Vegas NV 89119
$271
2.60  hrs
0.90  hrs
2003 Ford Explorer 4.0L V6
108,000 miles
Irene B  • 
February 7, 2020 6:00 PM  • 
Los Angeles CA 90019
$259
0.80  hrs
0.90  hrs
2002 Ford Explorer 4.0L V6
100,000 miles
Irene B  • 
February 5, 2020 3:20 PM  • 
Los Angeles CA 90019
$259
4.30  hrs
0.80  hrs
2006 Ford Explorer Limited
111,000 miles
Ryan T  • 
November 14, 2019 5:26 PM  • 
Las Vegas NV 89106
$373
5.10  hrs
1.20  hrs
2015 Ford Explorer XLT
172,000 miles
Nick K  • 
November 2, 2019 8:51 AM  • 
South San Francisco CA 94080
$635
3.30  hrs
1.50  hrs
1999 Ford Explorer Sport
289,000 miles
Mayra M  • 
August 14, 2019 5:56 AM  • 
San Bernardino CA 92410
$405
2.90  hrs
1.10  hrs
2004 Ford Explorer Eddie Bauer
150,000 miles
Victor S  • 
August 13, 2019 11:00 AM  • 
Hayward CA 94544
$382
3.60  hrs
1.00  hrs
2013 Ford Explorer XLT
12,000 miles
David M  • 
July 21, 2019 10:41 PM  • 
Rialto CA 92376
$943
4.40  hrs
1.30  hrs
2008 Ford Explorer XLT
205,168 miles
Christopher B  • 
June 29, 2019 4:39 PM  • 
Pomona CA 91767
$411
3.60  hrs
1.30  hrs
2004 Ford Explorer XLS Sport
196,000 miles
Vicky T  • 
June 26, 2019 1:25 AM  • 
Moreno Valley CA 92551
$350
4.50  hrs
1.00  hrs
2002 Ford Explorer 4.0L V6 XLT
247,000 miles
Stephanie R  • 
 • 
Sacramento CA 95842
$160
3.40  hrs
0.90  hrs
2002 Ford Explorer 4.0L V6
150,000 miles
Tughela G  • 
 • 
Santa Monica CA 90403
$508
2.90  hrs
1.30  hrs
1996 Ford Explorer 4.0L V6 XL
145,000 miles
Sharon A  • 
 • 
Lake Elsinore CA 92530
$336
3.30  hrs
2.10  hrs
2005 Ford Explorer 4.0L V6
109,000 miles
Julie R  • 
 • 
Santee CA 92071
$236
4.80  hrs
0.70  hrs
2017 Ford Explorer 2.3L L4 Turbo Base
54,447 miles
Scott W  • 
 • 
Las Vegas NV 89148
$434
3.90  hrs
1.00  hrs
2006 Ford Explorer 4.0L V6 Eddie Bauer
221,019 miles
Noah P  • 
 • 
Sacramento CA 95826
$382
4.80  hrs
1.30  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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