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Toyota Highlander 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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Toyota Highlander Alternator Replacement

RepairSmith offers upfront and competitive pricing. The average cost for Toyota Highlander Alternator Replacement is $536. 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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Delivery
Price
2004 Toyota Highlander 2.4L L4
115,180 miles
Jonelle F  • 
September 9, 2020 11:09 PM  • 
Glendale AZ 85302
$320
4.30  hrs
0.90  hrs
2008 Toyota Highlander 3.5L V6
130,000 miles
Dean H  • 
September 2, 2020 4:16 PM  • 
Phoenix AZ 85029
$668
7.60  hrs
4.10  hrs
2008 Toyota Highlander 3.5L V6
130,000 miles
Dean H  • 
September 2, 2020 4:15 PM  • 
Phoenix AZ 85029
$668
3.90  hrs
4.00  hrs
2008 Toyota Highlander 3.5L V6
130,000 miles
Dean H  • 
September 2, 2020 4:15 AM  • 
Phoenix AZ 85029
$668
8.30  hrs
3.80  hrs
2004 Toyota Highlander 3.3L V6 Limited
94,000 miles
Jill E  • 
August 20, 2020 11:26 PM  • 
Gilbert AZ 85234
$353
3.90  hrs
1.20  hrs
2008 Toyota Highlander 3.5L V6
118,000 miles
Kathy S  • 
August 20, 2020 2:06 AM  • 
Oceanside CA 92056
$704
6.40  hrs
3.90  hrs
2008 Toyota Highlander 3.5L V6
90,000 miles
David C  • 
August 2, 2020 12:32 AM  • 
Mountain View CA 94043
$875
6.50  hrs
4.50  hrs
2008 Toyota Highlander 3.5L V6
158,000 miles
Arthur V  • 
July 26, 2020 1:50 AM  • 
Tucson AZ 85710
$790
6.90  hrs
4.00  hrs
2008 Toyota Highlander 3.5L V6 Limited
178,553 miles
Lynette B  • 
July 20, 2020 10:25 PM  • 
Hayward CA 94544
$830
7.60  hrs
3.80  hrs
2008 Toyota Highlander 3.5L V6
135,000 miles
Kareem A  • 
July 19, 2020 4:27 PM  • 
Pacoima CA 91331
$960
6.30  hrs
4.40  hrs
2005 Toyota Highlander 3.3L V6
160,000 miles
Andrew M  • 
June 17, 2020 3:00 PM  • 
Redondo Beach CA 90277
$75
4.60  hrs
0.90  hrs
2011 Toyota Highlander 3.5L V6
113,954 miles
Eric S  • 
May 11, 2020 8:00 AM  • 
Chandler AZ 85249
$678
6.20  hrs
4.00  hrs
2006 Toyota Highlander 3.3L V6
131,000 miles
Ashley R  • 
May 1, 2020 5:07 PM  • 
Tustin CA 92780
$322
4.70  hrs
0.50  hrs
2008 Toyota Highlander 3.5L V6
140,000 miles
Gabe B  • 
March 6, 2020 8:51 PM  • 
San Francisco CA 94103
$862
5.60  hrs
4.10  hrs
2006 Toyota Highlander 2.4L L4
55,000 miles
Parker G  • 
February 18, 2020 9:30 AM  • 
Antelope CA 95843
$400
1.80  hrs
1.10  hrs
2012 Toyota Highlander
76,000 miles
Balwinder S  • 
January 27, 2020 5:00 PM  • 
Roseville CA 95747
$554
5.70  hrs
1.40  hrs
2007 Toyota Highlander 3.3L V6
106,000 miles
Nick B  • 
December 16, 2019 9:00 AM  • 
La Crescenta CA 91214
$350
0.90  hrs
0.70  hrs
2007 Toyota Highlander 3.3L V6
106,000 miles
Nick B  • 
December 10, 2019 6:28 PM  • 
Glendale CA 91206
$456
2.00  hrs
0.70  hrs
2005 Toyota Highlander 3.3L V6
160,000 miles
Robin B  • 
November 29, 2019 11:45 AM  • 
Belmont CA 94002
$377
0.60  hrs
1.00  hrs
2004 Toyota Highlander Base
400,000 miles
Tammy Z  • 
November 12, 2019 3:30 PM  • 
El Granada CA 94018
$125
4.50  hrs
0.90  hrs
2005 Toyota Highlander Limited
208,000 miles
Rob W  • 
August 5, 2019 2:59 AM  • 
Pasadena CA 91106
$605
1.50  hrs
0.80  hrs
2002 Toyota Highlander 2.4L L4 Base
182,000 miles
Kirstin A  • 
 • 
Concord CA 94518
$413
2.40  hrs
1.40  hrs
2005 Toyota Highlander 3.3L V6
166,016 miles
Andrew M  • 
 • 
Redondo Beach CA 90277
$125
5.10  hrs
1.40  hrs
2007 Toyota Highlander 2.4L L4 Base
136,000 miles
Brian N  • 
 • 
Murrieta CA 92563
$399
2.90  hrs
1.00  hrs
2008 Toyota Highlander 3.5L V6 Limited
110,000 miles
Ashley K  • 
 • 
Henderson NV 89014
$668
4.30  hrs
4.10  hrs
2006 Toyota Highlander 3.3L V6 Sport
125,097 miles
Lyn W  • 
 • 
Simi Valley CA 93065
$445
3.10  hrs
1.20  hrs
2011 Toyota Highlander 3.5L V6
60,000 miles
Tami S  • 
 • 
La Jolla CA 92037
$775
7.50  hrs
3.90  hrs
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Sep 11, 2020 3:48 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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