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Volvo XC90 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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Volvo XC90 Alternator Replacement

RepairSmith offers upfront and competitive pricing. The average cost for Volvo XC90 Alternator Replacement is $764. 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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2008 Volvo XC90 4.4L V8
122,222 miles
Monique P  • 
November 2, 2020 7:47 PM  • 
San Bernardino CA 92404
5.10  hrs
2.70  hrs
2004 Volvo XC90 2.5L L5 Turbo
233,000 miles
David G  • 
October 29, 2020 7:23 PM  • 
San Jose CA 95110
5.40  hrs
2.10  hrs
2004 Volvo XC90 2.5L L5 Turbo
175,000 miles
David K  • 
October 19, 2020 9:54 PM  • 
Berkeley CA 94702
5.90  hrs
2.30  hrs
2006 Volvo XC90 4.4L V8
168,000 miles
Amanda G  • 
August 26, 2020 8:37 AM  • 
Phoenix AZ 85051
4.00  hrs
4.10  hrs
2006 Volvo XC90 2.5L L5 Turbo
187,000 miles
Roger J  • 
August 23, 2020 9:22 PM  • 
Tempe AZ 85282
6.20  hrs
2.10  hrs
2006 Volvo XC90
133,000 miles
Marcie P  • 
August 10, 2020 11:09 PM  • 
Tucson AZ 85705
6.10  hrs
3.00  hrs
2008 Volvo XC90 3.2L L6 3.2
226 miles
Angelica Z  • 
July 27, 2020 8:21 PM  • 
San Diego CA 92101
5.80  hrs
1.50  hrs
2008 Volvo XC90 3.2L L6 3.2
166,000 miles
Bryan M  • 
July 9, 2020 5:56 PM  • 
Scottsdale AZ 85250
3.70  hrs
1.80  hrs
2007 Volvo XC90 4.4L V8
140,000 miles
Jamila O  • 
February 14, 2020 5:35 PM  • 
Carson CA 90746
4.60  hrs
3.90  hrs
2005 Volvo XC90 4.4L V8
80,000 miles
Mowo M  • 
February 14, 2020 9:00 AM  • 
Tustin CA 92782
7.70  hrs
3.70  hrs
2004 Volvo XC90 2.5L L5 Turbo
200,000 miles
Monay R  • 
January 30, 2020 8:29 PM  • 
Emeryville CA 94608
6.50  hrs
2.40  hrs
2004 Volvo XC90 2.9L L6 Turbo
174,000 miles
Marcel Y  • 
December 28, 2019 8:00 AM  • 
Oakland CA 94621
8.10  hrs
3.40  hrs
2004 Volvo XC90 2.5T
115,000 miles
Stuart L  • 
August 28, 2019 1:27 AM  • 
San Francisco CA 94114
4.40  hrs
3.70  hrs
2007 Volvo XC90 V8
150,000 miles
Angela R  • 
August 3, 2019 10:48 PM  • 
Sunland CA 91040
5.00  hrs
3.80  hrs
2007 Volvo XC90 V8
148,000 miles
Cherie F  • 
June 11, 2019 5:12 AM  • 
Sonoma CA 95476
5.90  hrs
3.90  hrs
2008 Volvo XC90 3.2L L6 3.2
164,072 miles
Jill N  • 
Pacific Palisades CA 90272
1.60  hrs
1.50  hrs
2007 Volvo XC90 3.2L L6 3.2
137,000 miles
Darrius F  • 
Sacramento CA 95838
2.70  hrs
1.70  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.


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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