Just Commodores Forum Community

It takes just a moment to join our fantastic community

Register

Stuffed alternator

Discussion in 'VT - VX Holden Commodore (1997 - 2002)' started by MWells, May 12, 2006.

  1. MWells

    MWells Guest

    Hi guys,

    hope some of you can help me.

    My Dad has a VX SS auto with 105000kms. She's been leaking power steering fluid for the past year and so inevitably the alternator seems stuffed, at least according to the mechanics who are charging over $1,000 for replaced and fitted.

    This alternator seems very hard to find and is it true it cannot be rebuilt?:unsure:

    I'm just going to have to find one from a wreckers somewhere. Does anyone here know of a wreckers, preferably in Melbourne's Sth East where we may be able to find one?

    Any help would be greatly appreciated:)

    Cheers,

    Matt
     
  2. deserthead

    deserthead Member

    Messages:
    978
    Likes Received:
    19
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2004
    Location:
    Mission Beach QLD
    Members Ride:
    VS III Ute - Work Car
    $1000 bucks to get the alternator replaced? ? ? ?
    What the? ? ? ?

    So they told u that the power steering leaking has cause the alternator to die? That aside, it should be now more than a couple hundred dollar job, (replacement included).

    Get either a new one or a reco'd one, dont go to the wreckers
     
  3. Lumps of cheese

    Lumps of cheese welcome to the machine

    Messages:
    2,768
    Likes Received:
    32
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2005
    Location:
    Warrnambool
    Members Ride:
    Cammed calais, 4x4 hilux, 03 monaro, 08 FXDC
    Exact same thing happened to me in my old vt, alternator was beyond repair(had a look at it) so had to bite the bullet and get a new one, At least $1000 from memory.Next week i traded it for my vy, cheaper alternators!:p
     
  4. accentstencil

    accentstencil Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    7,245
    Likes Received:
    46
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Joined:
    Jun 30, 2005
    Location:
    Eschol Park, Sydney
    Members Ride:
    WH II Caprice, 5.7
    I bought a bosch alternator at Repco for between $150 - $200, Ican't remember the exact price as it was about a year ago. I took about 15 minutes to replace. $1000 is a huge rip-off. Repco also have steering pumps for under $200, or a seal kit from holden for $16 and they are not that difficult to do yourself.
    Edit: I just realized you are talking about a V8 and I'm talking V6.I don't know if there is a big difference.
     
  5. deserthead

    deserthead Member

    Messages:
    978
    Likes Received:
    19
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Joined:
    Oct 20, 2004
    Location:
    Mission Beach QLD
    Members Ride:
    VS III Ute - Work Car
    There aint much diffence when it comes to alternators though. . . .
    1000 buck is just plain highway robbery!!!
    I had one replace in my old VS 170 bucks installed.
     
  6. Lumps of cheese

    Lumps of cheese welcome to the machine

    Messages:
    2,768
    Likes Received:
    32
    Trophy Points:
    48
    Joined:
    Nov 19, 2005
    Location:
    Warrnambool
    Members Ride:
    Cammed calais, 4x4 hilux, 03 monaro, 08 FXDC
    I think you'll find that an alternator for a gen 3 is quite pricey wherever you buy it from, don't worry i checked every source at my disposal(Bursons, repco etc.) and they were all the same price.
     
  7. BowTieGQ

    BowTieGQ Member

    Messages:
    151
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    16
    Joined:
    Apr 10, 2005
    Members Ride:
    4.8 ;)
    MWells, where are you located?
     
  8. MWells

    MWells Guest

    Thanks for your help guys. From the looks of it, its gonna be expensive whichever way we go. Funny thing is the power steering pump began leaking 2 years ago when still under warranty, had he fixed it then we'd be right. D'OH!:hit:

    It's at Holden now, but we said to them don't touch it we'll supply one ourselves... hopefuly... somehow...
     
  9. jerzey1234555

    jerzey1234555 Banned

    Messages:
    79
    Likes Received:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Joined:
    Mar 7, 2004
    Location:
    nazza wazza
    Members Ride:
    vs statesman and vk calais
    i replaced our alternator 2 weeks ago i got a second hand alternator from kumbak wich is just off governor road in braeside it cost me $55 and it works a treat
     
  10. grafxworld

    grafxworld KLRBASS

    Messages:
    141
    Likes Received:
    1
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Joined:
    Feb 1, 2005
    Location:
    Adelaide
    Members Ride:
    VT GTR EXEC S1 - SOLD off
    mine was only 170 bucks , new model not rebuilt. 1000 bucks would be for the power steering geer as well it sounds like. that can get expensive if the rack is dead.
     
  11. Shounak

    Shounak The Kicking Horse

    Messages:
    2,499
    Likes Received:
    58
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Joined:
    Apr 20, 2005
    Location:
    Vic
    Members Ride:
    VX Executive S2 + XF Panel Van Project
    ignore this post..
     
  12. BOGANV8

    BOGANV8 I gotta V8 whoot whoot

    Messages:
    698
    Likes Received:
    13
    Trophy Points:
    0
    Joined:
    Dec 30, 2005
    Location:
    Armidale
    Members Ride:
    VX 02 SS LS1


    why :whistling :whistling :whistling
     

Share This Page