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Q: where is the alternator located on my car and on average how much do they cost. on 1998 Volvo V70 XC

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my car wont start and im not sure why i think its my alternator. when i try to start the car the first time it will turn over and run for like 2-3 secs and then turn off and when i try again it jus makes a ticking noise like my battery is but but at the same time i'll be getting a jump and that goes to show its not my battery.
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You can find the price to replace the alternator here: http://repairpal.com/estimator?car_type_id=5547
The alternator is under the power steering pump. I would have the battery and charging system checked prior to replacing the alternator, just to be sure you're not replacing an expensive part that doesn't need replacing.
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