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Chevrolet Equinox 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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2010 Chevrolet Equinox

2.4L L4 • 14,000 miles

Tempe ,  AZ 85283

$414 - $506

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2013 Chevrolet Equinox

2.4L L4 • 133,000 miles

San Pedro ,  CA 90731

$425 - $519

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2006 Chevrolet Equinox

3.4L V6 • 210,654 miles

Oregon City ,  OR 97045

$371 - $453

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2008 Chevrolet Equinox

• 150,000 miles

La Mesa ,  CA 91941

$537 - $657

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2015 Chevrolet Equinox

2.4L L4 • 85,000 miles

Vancouver ,  WA 98665

$417 - $509

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2014 Chevrolet Equinox

• 100,331 miles

Chandler ,  AZ 85224

$445 - $543

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2012 Chevrolet Equinox

2.4L L4 • 142,880 miles

San Ramon ,  CA 94583

$437 - $535

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2012 Chevrolet Equinox

2.4L L4 • 150,000 miles

Houston ,  TX 77036

$133 - $163

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2012 Chevrolet Equinox

3.0L V6 LT • 124,345 miles

Sacramento ,  CA 95823

$770 - $941

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2013 Chevrolet Equinox

3.6L V6 • 0 miles

Los Angeles ,  CA 90002

$646 - $790

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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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Did I get ripped off? 07 Equinox alternator repair

I have a 2007 Chevy Equinox, front-wheel drive. One morning, as I got in, it had no power whatsoever. I called AAA, they came and tested it, and the cold cranking amps were low. They also said the alternator appears to be good. They replaced the battery, and it worked for a few days. About a week later, it was dead again. AAA towed it to the local dealer. I told the dealer about the problem, and also told them the rear wiper recently stopped working, and I thought the two could be connected, possibly a short affecting both. They told me they tested the alternator and it had no output, so they wanted to replace it (at a cost of nearly $700). I told them to go ahead.

A few days later, the battery was once again dead. The dealer took it back, and determined that the rear wiper motor was periodically draining the battery. They disconnected the wiper at no charge, because I didn’t want to shell out another $200 so soon.

My question is, did I get ripped off? The AAA technician told us the alternator was good, but the dealer said they tested the alternator (I have seen no actual evidence this was doone). If the simplest explanation is always the best, then it would seem the wiper motor was the problem, and the alternator didn’t need to be done.

And if I was ripped off, what should I do about it? As an attorney, I know their record which says they tested the alternator would be good enough evidence to stand up in court, and the AAA technician did not keep a record of any tests he performed to cast doubt on that.

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What is an Alternator?

The alternator is part of a vehicle's charging system. It charges the battery and provides power to the electrical systems. If the alternator stops working, the battery icon on the dashboard will light up red. The engine may continue to run, but for only about 15 minutes before the engine ignition system loses the power to function. When replacing the alternator, be sure to get the drive belt inspected and, if necessary, replaced. The service professional should also perform a starter current draw test and a battery inspection and load test.

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2008 Chevrolet Equinox - Alternator

The alternator charges the battery and keeps the electrical accessories of the car working while it is running. When the alternator loses capacity or fails, the electrical systems will only stay on until the battery's reserve charge is depleted. Your car might die, but you may be able to restart it with a jump start. If you notice that your headlights dim or your battery won't stay fully charged, it may be time to replace your alternator or other related parts. This might include replacing the voltage regulator if it is separate from the alternator. Also, check the tension of your belts to make sure the alternator is spinning while the engine runs. If you need an alternator or other charging system parts, shop O’Reilly Auto Parts. We also carry jump starters, car batteries, and starters for most vehicles.

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How much does a Alternator Repair cost?

On average, the cost for a Chevrolet Equinox Alternator Repair is $339 with $244 for parts and $95 for labor. Prices may vary depending on your location.

CarServiceEstimateShop/Dealer Price
2005 Chevrolet EquinoxV6-3.4LService typeAlternator RepairEstimate$659.87Shop/Dealer Price$796.71 - $1173.50
2010 Chevrolet EquinoxL4-2.4LService typeAlternator RepairEstimate$873.29Shop/Dealer Price$1076.51 - $1661.38
2018 Chevrolet EquinoxL4-1.5L TurboService typeAlternator RepairEstimate$787.98Shop/Dealer Price$958.89 - $1428.79
2014 Chevrolet EquinoxL4-2.4LService typeAlternator RepairEstimate$863.79Shop/Dealer Price$1065.99 - $1650.08
2014 Chevrolet EquinoxV6-3.6LService typeAlternator RepairEstimate$1032.70Shop/Dealer Price$1238.76 - $1771.17
2009 Chevrolet EquinoxV6-3.6LService typeAlternator RepairEstimate$814.23Shop/Dealer Price$997.19 - $1512.26
2012 Chevrolet EquinoxL4-2.4LService typeAlternator RepairEstimate$868.79Shop/Dealer Price$1070.87 - $1654.88
2010 Chevrolet EquinoxV6-3.0LService typeAlternator RepairEstimate$1105.46Shop/Dealer Price$1325.80 - $1899.15

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How does an alternator help your car run?

The alternator is the component that charges the battery in your car. When you use electrical components in your car (stereo, lights, etc.), the battery loses power. The alternator recharges the battery, replenishing the lost battery power. The alternator is located in the engine compartment. If the alternator is not working properly, your car will only stay running for as long as the battery has power stored. Once the battery loses power, your car will not start. Normally, a malfunctioning alternator will turn on the battery warning light or will have a low volt gauge reading.


Before repairing the alternator:

The mechanic should check the entire charging system before installing a new alternator, including checking battery cables for corrosion and the condition of the battery.

Steps when replacing an alternator:

  • Inspect entire charging system (battery, cables, alternator).
  • Inspect the drive belts.
  • Test alternator output.
  • Remove and replace alternator if found to be faulty.
  • Re-test alternator output.

Our recommendation for alternator replacements:

Ask your mechanic to inspect the condition of the charging system during every major service. The mechanic should also clean and tighten the battery cables during every major service.

What common symptoms indicate you may need to replace the Alternator?

  • Dead battery or battery will not hold a charge.
  • Dim lights.
  • Battery warning light is on.

Why repairing your alternator is important:

Your alternator charges your battery, which powers the electronics in your vehicle, such as the radio and the air conditioning. The battery is also needed to turn on your vehicle. A malfunctioning alternator will not charge your car’s battery, and your vehicle will eventually run out of battery life and not be able to start.

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Removal Procedure

1. Remove the battery ground (negative) cable from the battery. Refer to Battery Negative Cable

Disconnect/Connect Procedure.

2. Remove the generator B+ terminal nut.

3. Remove the generator B+ lead.

4. Remove the generator electrical connector.

5. Remove the drive belt from the generator. Refer to Drive Belt Replacement in Engine Mechanical - 3.4L.

6. Remove the generator bolts.

7. Remove the generator from the vehicle.

Drive Belt Replacement


Tools Required

J 39914 Serpentine Belt Tensioner Unloader. See Special Tools.

Removal Procedure

1. Remove the air cleaner assembly. Refer to Air Cleaner Assembly Replacement in Engine Controls - 3.4L.

2. Using J 39914 rotate the drive belt tensioner (8) to release the tension on the drive belt. See Special Tools.

3. Remove the drive belt from the right idler pulley (2).

4. Carefully release J 39914 to relieve the drive belt tensioner spring tension. See Special Tools.

5. Remove J 39914 from the drive belt tensioner (8). See Special Tools.

6. Provided the vehicle will not be raised or lifted to perform additional work. Utilizing a floor jack and a wood block, support the front of the engine using the following procedure.

1. Place the wood block between the lift point of the floor jack and the bottom of the engine oil pan.

2. Raise the jack until the wood block comes into contact with the engine oil pan and is capable of supporting the weight of the engine.

7. If the vehicle is to be raised or lifted in order to perform additional work. Support the engine using the engine support fixture. Refer to Engine Support Fixture.

8. Remove the right engine mount. Refer to Engine Mount Replacement - Right.

9. Remove the drive belt from the remaining pulleys.

This is from the service manual. Check this video for better instructions on the belt removal without GM special tools ;-). Hope this helps, good luck

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