Alternator, Repair Or Replace With New?

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  1. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    8.2 Mercs
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    260hp Alpha 1
    My alternator failed, we have a highly recommended company near that rewinds and refurbishes alternators or just get a new one?

    MM
     
  2. All's Well

    All's Well Active Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    587
    Jan 14, 2010
    Houston
    '03 460DA
    6CTA's
    Quality rebuilds are as good (or better) than new
    I'd rebuild it
     
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  3. MrHappy

    MrHappy Active Member

    159
    Mar 31, 2011
    Indiana
    1991 Sea Ray 225BR
    5.7L
    I have had very good success with DB Electrical. https://www.dbelectrical.com/

    I have put alternators and starter’s on my lawn mowers, large tractors and two cars.

    Try Amazon or go directly to their website. Sometimes their stuff is cheaper on Amazon. Especially if you have prime with free shipping.
     
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  4. scoflaw

    scoflaw Well-Known Member

    Aug 10, 2011
    cape cod mass, cape coral fl
    1999 Powerquest legend 260 sx
    502 mpi Bravo 1
    Chinese crap, it don't last past the 1 year warranty
     
  5. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    Middle Tennessee ; Panama City Beach, FL
    1996 450DA
    3116 Caterpillars
    Most local shops end up being forced to use cheap imported components to be competitive. I have watched 3 local shops go under because they couldn't match or compete with Advance, A.Zone, Pep Boys, ORileys, etc. The one rebuild shop remaining here uses Chinese components in his rebuilds. If it is in a backhoe, or a tractor, I don't much care because the world isn't going to come an end if I don't get the field clipped or the hole dug. For my boat, one of our cars or my truck, I use Leece-Neville (Prestolite) new alternators.
     
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  6. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    I used their alternator 4+ years and was working fine when i traded in my 260da. As with most Chinese stuff we are the QA Dept. I have purchased starters and alternators from them and been happy. YMMV.

    -Kevin
     
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  7. KevinC

    KevinC Well-Known Member

    Feb 25, 2011
    Long Island, NY
    2004 340 Sundancer
    1988 Proline Center Console - 90hp Mariner/Mercury
    1969 Boston Whaler
    Twin 8.1 V-drives
    Years ago this was my go to with a problem. Fewer and fewer shops around and the imported stuff is forcing the hand. Repair shops would sooner order an import and have it same day rather than pulling one and sending it out for rebuild and waiting.

    -Kevin
     
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  8. Havana Shamrock

    Havana Shamrock Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

    Sep 9, 2008
    Long Island. N.Y.
    2005 500DB
    Furuno Electronics
    QSM11's,
    Honda 30HP
    Sea Doo 90 HP H.O.
    While on the Northeast flotilla my STBD alt started acting up came home and called a local rebuild shop $145 to rebuild I googled it and for $200 I can get a new one.
    dB was even cheaper but it looked sketchy to me.
    Still not sure where to buy.
     
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  9. fwebster

    fwebster Well-Known Member TECHNICAL Contributor PLATINUM Sponsor

    Oct 6, 2006
    Middle Tennessee ; Panama City Beach, FL
    1996 450DA
    3116 Caterpillars
    Joe,

    Cummins has been selling Cummins remanned alternators with a full warranty for $250......I bet our dealer in Florida has installed 50 of them, all with good results. You might try Cummins NorthEast and to see if they are doing the same deal.

    The Leece-Neville brand I mentioned in the earlier post is a good alternative. They are an OEM supplier for several engine makers and sell either under that name or the Prestolite name at lots of online sources. I just bought a Prestolite brand alternator for a Cummins 4b engine in a piece of equipment from Amazon.

    Frank
     
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  10. Havana Shamrock

    Havana Shamrock Well-Known Member SILVER Sponsor GOLD Sponsor

    Sep 9, 2008
    Long Island. N.Y.
    2005 500DB
    Furuno Electronics
    QSM11's,
    Honda 30HP
    Sea Doo 90 HP H.O.
    Thank you sir.
     
  11. MonacoMike

    MonacoMike Well-Known Member PLATINUM Sponsor

    Sep 15, 2009
    Indiana lakes and Lake Michigan
    2000 Cruisers 3870
    8.2 Mercs
    85 Sea Ray Monaco 197
    260hp Alpha 1
    Well, I got good news and bad news, which do you want first...

    Alternator good just a loose wire to the battery isolator, the spot of antifreeze is from a leaking water pump that has to be replaced...

    MM
     

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