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Volkswagen Beetle 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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Volkswagen Beetle Alternator Replacement

RepairSmith offers upfront and competitive pricing. The average cost for Volkswagen Beetle Alternator Replacement is $756. 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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2014 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0L L4 Turbo...
17,000 miles
Pro H  • 
September 25, 2020 4:40 AM  • 
Riverside CA 92507
$815
3.70  hrs
3.40  hrs
2004 Volkswagen Beetle 1.8L L4 Turbo...
100,000 miles
Nadia Y  • 
September 22, 2020 6:13 PM  • 
Escalon CA 95320
$534
2.30  hrs
2.30  hrs
2007 Volkswagen Beetle 2.5L L5 2.5
100,000 miles
Jordan G  • 
September 15, 2020 4:25 PM  • 
Tempe AZ 85281
$880
5.90  hrs
4.30  hrs
2002 Volkswagen Beetle 1.9L L4 Turbo...
139,000 miles
Christopher B  • 
September 9, 2020 9:58 PM  • 
Fresno CA 93728
$806
4.30  hrs
4.70  hrs
2003 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0L L4
178,000 miles
Reynoir I  • 
September 7, 2020 7:30 PM  • 
Los Angeles CA 90046
$553
2.10  hrs
2.10  hrs
2005 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0L L4
92,000 miles
Charlene P  • 
August 28, 2020 11:40 PM  • 
Signal Hill CA 90755
$543
5.00  hrs
2.40  hrs
2002 Volkswagen Beetle 1.9L L4 Turbo...
250,000 miles
Cely T  • 
August 28, 2020 6:44 PM  • 
Sacramento CA 95820
$1,020
6.20  hrs
4.40  hrs
2002 Volkswagen Beetle 1.8L L4 Turbo
100,000 miles
Kara M  • 
August 27, 2020 5:59 PM  • 
Jamul CA 91935
$543
5.10  hrs
2.30  hrs
2004 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0L L4
213,000 miles
A t S  • 
August 21, 2020 9:05 PM  • 
Sacramento CA 95820
$543
6.80  hrs
2.10  hrs
2000 Volkswagen Beetle
160,000 miles
Shaina G  • 
August 20, 2020 11:15 PM  • 
Topanga CA 90290
$750
3.10  hrs
2.30  hrs
2013 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0L L4 Turbo
76,000 miles
Candace M  • 
August 18, 2020 8:17 PM  • 
Tucson AZ 85730
$560
3.20  hrs
2.00  hrs
2004 Volkswagen Beetle
130,000 miles
Penny D  • 
July 6, 2020 10:50 PM  • 
Mira Loma CA 91752
$667
5.50  hrs
1.90  hrs
2006 Volkswagen Beetle 2.5L L5 2.5
105,811 miles
Phoenix B  • 
June 22, 2020 1:00 PM  • 
Phoenix AZ 85009
$892
4.80  hrs
4.40  hrs
2005 Volkswagen Beetle 2.0L L4
137,062 miles
Ramona P  • 
June 12, 2020 12:03 AM  • 
Citrus Heights CA 95621
$538
5.60  hrs
2.20  hrs
2000 Volkswagen Beetle 1.8L L4 Turbo...
105,879 miles
Michael L  • 
June 2, 2020 2:00 PM  • 
Oakland CA 94612
$654
2.80  hrs
1.90  hrs
2006 Volkswagen Beetle 2.5L L5
130,000 miles
Amanda S  • 
May 18, 2020 2:23 PM  • 
Upland CA 91786
$913
8.90  hrs
4.70  hrs
2000 Volkswagen Beetle 1.8L L4 Turbo...
100,000 miles
Kelly L  • 
April 20, 2020 8:48 PM  • 
San Francisco CA 94118
$531
2.30  hrs
1.40  hrs
2009 Volkswagen Beetle 2.5L L5
80,000 miles
Arielle V  • 
December 9, 2019 8:00 AM  • 
Fremont CA 94536
$1,240
5.60  hrs
2.90  hrs
2002 Volkswagen Beetle Sport
137,000 miles
Jim N  • 
September 2, 2019 6:13 AM  • 
Victorville CA 92395
$547
4.30  hrs
4.50  hrs
2001 Volkswagen Beetle GLX
100,000 miles
Sharon K  • 
August 26, 2019 3:55 AM  • 
Helendale CA 92342
$1,352
4.20  hrs
4.70  hrs
2002 Volkswagen Beetle 1.9L L4 Turbo...
95,000 miles
Kristin C  • 
 • 
San Diego CA 92110
$975
8.00  hrs
5.50  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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