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2004 Ford Taurus Question: The car has 37k miles.Mechanic says I need an alternator.Am I getting ripped off

 

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jpauly76, Park Ridge, IL, September 10, 2013, 09:43
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Battery died on the car and had the car towed to this mechanic thru AAA. This mechanic has horrible reviews online so I'm worried about getting ripped off. How do I know I really need an alternator? Can I ask to see the diagnostic codes?

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    September 10, 2013, 10:42
     Master

    ask him to hook up a volt meter to show you if it is charging or not it should charge between 13.8 volts and 14.2 volts

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    September 10, 2013, 12:54
     Journeyman

    yes, have him show you alternator is bad. more than likely battery just bad.

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