Where should I buy new alternator? What brand should I look at? When I looked online it said alternators price and also core price. I'm not sure what core piece is. let me know. Thanks
I disagree -- there's no substitute for quality (otherwise we'd all be buying Hyundais because of their kickin' warranty). I learned this lesson after watching my dad take back the family car every few years to Midas to get the POS "lifetime warranted" muffler replaced yet again.I just bought a lifetime warranty AutoLite remanufactured alternator from Checker/Riley for $140. They took my old one as a 'core', otherwise you pay the core charge of $40.
Not sure of the quality yet, but you can't argue with lifetime warranty. I put the receipt in the glovebox for safe keeping.
I believe alternator was never changed in my Toyota. The only reason I want to change it is because bearings in the pulley wheel make high pitch noise. No it is not a belt . When it warms up noise disappears but it bothers me when I start it up. Can I just change the pulley wheel?? Or maybe bearings are deeper inside.