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Saturn Ion 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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Saturn Ion Alternator Replacement

RepairSmith offers upfront and competitive pricing. The average cost for Saturn Ion Alternator Replacement is $478. 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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Location
Quoted on
Price
2006 Saturn Ion
2.2L L4 • 98,568 miles
Antioch CA 94509
Apr 24, 2021
$619 - $757
2007 Saturn Ion
2.4L L4 • 200,000 miles
Ontario CA 91761
Apr 5, 2021
$407 - $497
2004 Saturn Ion
2.2L L4 • 9,888 miles
Las Vegas NV 89139
Feb 23, 2021
$392 - $479
2005 Saturn Ion
2.0L L4 Supercharged • 146,852 miles
Gilbert AZ 85233
Feb 20, 2021
$438 - $536
2006 Saturn Ion
• 54,000 miles
Dallas TX 75254
Feb 11, 2021
$377 - $461
2003 Saturn Ion
2.2L L4 • 140,586 miles
Portland OR 97223
Feb 8, 2021
$402 - $492
2006 Saturn Ion
2.2L L4 • 150,000 miles
Los Angeles CA 90016
Feb 2, 2021
$413 - $505
2003 Saturn Ion
2.2L L4 • 600,000 miles
San Gabriel CA 91776
Oct 9, 2020
$401 - $491
2007 Saturn Ion
• 125,000 miles
Chandler AZ 85248
Sep 29, 2020
$420 - $514
2005 Saturn Ion
2.2L L4 1 • 155,289 miles
Menifee CA 92584
Sep 4, 2020
$429 - $525
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Sep 7, 2021 12:15 PM
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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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