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1997 Honda Accord Question: What are the signs that an alternator is going bad & how much is the repair?



eep480, 2.2L 4 Cylinder, Saint Charles, MO, January 31, 2012, 12:07

My Accord recently started making a wiring noise that directly correlates with the RPMs. The battery light also came on and has been increasing in brightness when the RPMs increase. I think it may be the alternator going bad, but I'm not sure. I'm trying to gather information about what sort of repairs the car may need and what it could cost.

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    Greg's Orange Auto (14224 Answers) , Orange, CA - (714) 361-9386
    globalhelper January 31, 2012, 12:16

    they will either be noisy or your car will start slower than it has been,also ck your lights but this could also be a battery issue. alt is approx 300.00 to 350.00 parts and labor

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    February 03, 2012, 15:35

    also, one of the tell tale signs of an alternator going out is to watch your gauges, if they have a tendency to all fall to "0" mph/rpm while the car is being driven, it's caused by the power loss from the alternator not charging properly. I got mine rebuilt 3 months ago for $130.00

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