Best 30 Alternator Repair in Minneapolis, Minnesota with Reviews - YP.com

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01/12/2016
By: jakedhillon
Uptown Imports
Super professional and straight forward auto shop. They diagnosed an ABS problem on my 2013 Subaru Crosstrek, showed me a multi page print out of all that was done and what error codes were showing with repairs done. Very transparent and no upselling me on further work, other than some suggestions on the automated printout. Met the owner John, seemed like a really nice guy, so was dave the service attendant, and even the guy who did our service came out and told us what he did to the car, definitely made me want to come back and make this my go to shop from now on. I am perpetually reading reviews and read some of the other reviews for this shop, especially the one with the woman who said they gave her too much information...lol Really? You can't please everyone obviously! I used to work for car dealers, this is better service than you would get at the dealer any day.
04/21/2016
By: John S.
Uptown Imports
Great Service at a fair price, they also have loaners, and give out a full breakdown of your costs and don't try to overcharge.
Tips & Advices
In some cases, it's worth repairing an old alternator. If some parts go bad, they can be inexpensive to repair. For example, alternator belts can be quite cheap, and parts and labor for handling this repair will run you between $100 and $125 for most vehicles, which is significantly less than the cost of a new alternator. If the total cost of the repair exceeds 50 percent of the cost of replacing the alternator, it makes sense to invest in a new alternator.
If your car's alternator has gone bad, you may be able to squeeze in a short journey, but the car's battery will drain very quickly without the alternator's support. Stop-and-go traffic will place even more pressure on the battery, and so will using auxiliary items such as the radio, air conditioning, heater, windshield wipers, and headlights.
A one-wire alternator is a type of alternator that can be easily put into place with the installation of a single wire. The key benefit that these alternators bring is that they are simple to install.  However, many one-wire alternators provide low output when the car's engine is idle, and this can burden the car's electrical system if you're idling at a red light with the headlights and stereo on. Some one-wire alternators also require you to rev the car's engine to a certain rpm to activate the alternator and begin the charging process.
The most common cause of alternator failure is a weak battery. Your car's alternator works very hard to keep your car's battery fully charged, and, if the battery is weak, it can put a great deal of stress on the alternator. The alternator will increase its output to try and keep the battery charged, and this will eventually overtax the alternator and cause it to fail prematurely.
Your alternator's regulator is an automotive part that monitors and oversees the process by which your car's battery is charged. The regulator also supports the alternator by reducing the stress that is placed on the alternator's drive belts, tensioning pulley, and bearings. The regulator may be located inside or outside of the alternator's housing.

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