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Old 02-20-2019, 05:27 PM
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Son's 2001 Toyota 4-Runner needs a new Alternator. The dealers price for an OEM part is beyond ridiculous! Its a V-6, and I'm looking for suggestions on a good replacement Brand that's as close to OEM as possible, without the OEM price. There has to be decent choices.
Son has already posted on the 4-runner forum, just wanting to get some input from here as well and compare.

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i went to orielly's for a basic alt for a cj 7. literally went through 7 while sitting in the parking lot. everyone of them had bad bearings in them. finally they jumped my off and i went to napa and have not had an issue since!
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I would assume there is an "old school electric shop" somewhere around you? There is one here in my town, the place is dirty, doubt it's been inventoried in my lifetime, the guys MIGHT smile and be nice one day or they MIGHT not give a damn and be quiet when you go in there, it just depends on their mood. BUT they are spot ass on and know their stuff! I'm not there to make friends, get help with my lawn or ask politics, I'm there to get help with my alternators and related electrical problems and they fix them EVERYTIME!

Last time I used them I had to buy a new/reman alternator for my 1980 Chevy 4x4 farmtruck. They had one they rebuilt and they also kept my core to rebuild. I've been running that alternator now for 8yrs and much of it includes running UNDERWATER when crossing the deepest holes in my swamp/farm roads, their old alternator is still pumping out the juice for my old truck!

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Originally Posted by spraynet 1 View Post
Son's 2001 Toyota 4-Runner needs a new Alternator. The dealers price for an OEM part is beyond ridiculous! Its a V-6, and I'm looking for suggestions on a good replacement Brand that's as close to OEM as possible, without the OEM price. There has to be decent choices.
Son has already posted on the 4-runner forum, just wanting to get some input from here as well and compare.

Thanks!
Take it to this guy. Don't know him, but that's a stupid simple unit. Can likely fix it while you wait.

How many miles are on the truck?

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Don’t buy one at PepBoys.
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i went to orielly's for a basic alt for a cj 7. literally went through 7 while sitting in the parking lot. everyone of them had bad bearings in them. finally they jumped my off and i went to napa and have not had an issue since!
Bad bearings? what was the indication? noisy when turning by hand?
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Bad bearings? what was the indication? noisy when turning by hand?
noisy when turning and when installed started making a squeal like no other
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Also if your ever I the Kissimmee area you can try out moonlight starter and generator. Good old guy that rebuilds them. They moved from downtown town and not sure where they are at but still in business.
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noisy when turning and when installed started making a squeal like no other
Ouch. Those are typically noisy when hand turning. Just the nature of the brush design. Sounds like bearing noise. Squealing is no good though. Honestly those are a pretty crap design. Essentially caged needle bearings on the commutator end. Likely a chinese knockoff sold as reman. Thankfully that is being cracked down on a bit.
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Go to NAPA and buy the most expensive one they sell. It will be OEM quality without the OEM price. Or you can go to one of those other stores and get a life time warranty for a third of the price and spend the rest of your life replacing it for free.
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There is no such thing as "OEM" for any vehicle of this age. Even the stuff sold through dealers will be remanufactured by one of a handful of companies. There is not a single automotive OEM that does their own remanufacturing of alternators/starters. Even the Denso branded stuff is done by someone else.

In the OP's case, he has a very basic Denso hairpin unit. Either 100 amp or 130 amp depending on how the vehicle is opted out. Any local shop on earth will have the necessary components on the shelf, possibly with the exception of the clutch pulley. If it has 150K miles or more, good change it just needs a set of brushes and possibly a clutch pulley. Both are wear parts, and have a finite life.
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Denso is OE and Vision is a great brand as well.

That and Delco are all I install.
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Denso is OE and Vision is a great brand as well.

That and Delco are all I install.
Vision OE is the house brand of one of the two big players in the market currently. Been in and out of their US plant since it was privately owned back in the 90's. I wouldn't hesitate to put any of their US or Mexico reman products on my wife's car for a trip through the desert. Good company, managed by even better people (who happen to be boat people).
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Rock Auto - if you want to get one online.
rock auto is the worst.. just check out youtube videos explaining how their prices are so low... mostly seconds and returns shipped back out.... never buy electrical parts from them
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Originally Posted by spraynet 1 View Post
Son's 2001 Toyota 4-Runner needs a new Alternator. The dealers price for an OEM part is beyond ridiculous! Its a V-6, and I'm looking for suggestions on a good replacement Brand that's as close to OEM as possible, without the OEM price. There has to be decent choices.
Son has already posted on the 4-runner forum, just wanting to get some input from here as well and compare.

Thanks!
garden street has a '97 in their u pull it yard
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garden street has a '97 in their u pull it yard
Different unit completely. Originally thought OP had a 2011, just saw it's a 2001. 1997 version will bolt up and may function, but is 20 amps undersized compared to the 2001. This will lead to a very short life, assuming it isn't already worn out. 150K - 200K is pretty much the life of a set of brushes.
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Originally Posted by autobaun70 View Post
Take it to this guy. Don't know him, but that's a stupid simple unit. Can likely fix it while you wait.

How many miles are on the truck?

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Thank you so very much. Son is dropping off his truck as we speak and picking it up in the morning.

Saved him over $90.00 As a college kid he's thrilled!

Thank you!
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