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Volkswagen Passat 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 Passat Alternator Replacement

RepairSmith offers upfront and competitive pricing. The average cost for Volkswagen Passat Alternator Replacement is $765. 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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2015 Volkswagen Passat 1.8L L4 Turbo
104,000 miles
Junk T  • 
September 16, 2020 10:21 PM  • 
San Diego CA 92109
$573
4.40  hrs
2.10  hrs
2015 Volkswagen Passat 2.0L L4 Turbo...
135,000 miles
Josh H  • 
September 8, 2020 5:12 PM  • 
Tucson AZ 85742
$695
7.50  hrs
3.20  hrs
2002 Volkswagen Passat 1.8L L4 Turbo
148,300 miles
Dario G  • 
August 28, 2020 9:56 PM  • 
Carson CA 90746
$795
3.30  hrs
3.00  hrs
2004 Volkswagen Passat 2.8L V6
95,000 miles
Lily H  • 
August 28, 2020 9:23 PM  • 
Los Angeles CA 90029
$736
3.60  hrs
3.50  hrs
2017 Volkswagen Passat 1.8L L4 Turbo...
65,000 miles
Ahnyah W  • 
August 27, 2020 12:34 AM  • 
Phoenix AZ 85043
$495
1.60  hrs
1.50  hrs
2015 Volkswagen Passat 1.8L L4 Turbo
59,101 miles
Rosendo F  • 
August 23, 2020 10:13 PM  • 
Gilbert AZ 85296
$616
6.70  hrs
2.20  hrs
2004 Volkswagen Passat 1.8L L4 Turbo
195,000 miles
Quintin W  • 
August 20, 2020 7:31 PM  • 
Azusa CA 91702
$545
4.20  hrs
2.70  hrs
2014 Volkswagen Passat 1.8L L4 Turbo
54,000 miles
Kaylee P  • 
August 19, 2020 1:48 AM  • 
Phoenix AZ 85085
$713
3.00  hrs
1.90  hrs
2010 Volkswagen Passat 2.0L L4 Turbo
117,798 miles
Dajon J  • 
August 3, 2020 9:12 PM  • 
El Cajon CA 92020
$700
4.80  hrs
2.20  hrs
2015 Volkswagen Passat 1.8L L4 Turbo S
58,000 miles
Heather R  • 
July 28, 2020 7:29 PM  • 
Sherman Oaks CA 91423
$1,150
3.60  hrs
2.30  hrs
2003 Volkswagen Passat 2.8L V6
103,000 miles
Janine S  • 
July 28, 2020 12:58 AM  • 
Tucson AZ 85705
$765
6.90  hrs
3.30  hrs
2013 Volkswagen Passat 2.5L L5
57,000 miles
Teresa M  • 
July 27, 2020 3:18 AM  • 
Tucson AZ 85704
$879
5.60  hrs
1.90  hrs
2013 Volkswagen Passat 2.5L L5 S
73,000 miles
Selina H  • 
July 9, 2020 11:25 PM  • 
Phoenix AZ 85042
$1,050
5.60  hrs
2.80  hrs
2001 Volkswagen Passat 1.8L L4 Turbo
52,000 miles
Zachary J  • 
June 13, 2020 11:22 PM  • 
Chula Vista CA 91911
$875
4.50  hrs
3.00  hrs
2004 Volkswagen Passat
100,000 miles
Joseph Q  • 
June 11, 2020 8:30 AM  • 
Oakland CA 94612
$445
4.30  hrs
2.30  hrs
2004 Volkswagen Passat
112,456 miles
Joseph Q  • 
June 3, 2020 10:30 AM  • 
Oakland CA 94612
$445
6.00  hrs
2.60  hrs
2013 Volkswagen Passat 2.5L L5
75,000 miles
Andy E  • 
May 29, 2020 2:19 AM  • 
Redwood City CA 94065
$925
2.70  hrs
2.90  hrs
2008 Volkswagen Passat 2.0L L4 Turbo
147,000 miles
Jinsun K  • 
May 29, 2020 1:41 AM  • 
San Diego CA 92108
$710
1.70  hrs
1.20  hrs
2004 Volkswagen Passat 1.8L L4 Turbo
84,000 miles
Hector O  • 
May 14, 2020 7:30 PM  • 
Inglewood CA 90301
$605
3.80  hrs
2.90  hrs
2015 Volkswagen Passat 1.8L L4 Turbo
60,000 miles
Rodrigo O  • 
March 8, 2020 9:40 PM  • 
Temecula CA 92591
$980
5.40  hrs
2.10  hrs
2015 Volkswagen Passat 1.8L L4 Turbo
60,000 miles
Rodrigo O  • 
March 8, 2020 9:39 PM  • 
Temecula CA 92591
$596
5.90  hrs
2.20  hrs
2003 Volkswagen Passat 2.8L V6
201,000 miles
Byant F  • 
January 21, 2020 5:28 PM  • 
Las Vegas NV 89103
$1,100
3.00  hrs
2.80  hrs
2003 Volkswagen Passat GLX
183,000 miles
Justin R  • 
August 6, 2019 12:39 AM  • 
Hemet CA 92544
$1,170
4.60  hrs
3.90  hrs
2004 Volkswagen Passat 1.8L L4 Turbo...
151,806 miles
Danesha H  • 
 • 
Las Vegas NV 89141
$782
4.00  hrs
2.40  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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