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I've had an alternator failure at the weekend. Since delivering it to Gonellas in Catford they've quoted me £500 for the alternator and £550 +vat for labour, which in my view is taking the p..s. Does anyone know of a good mechanic ideally knowledgeable with alfas in SE London who can quote me a sensible price. Thx
 

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Its a big job to get it out of there....next to no space......think the subframe has to come down if I remember correctly.
 

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Its a big job to get it out of there....next to no space......think the subframe has to come down if I remember correctly.
Yep you're right. Three alfa garages I've used in the past have said the same. One went into some detail about the procedure. Not a nice job. I've got my original quote down to £600 inc vat (I'm sourcing the alternator) ....... alternators should be an easy job, but clearly not for Alfa.
 

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I had mine done a few weeks ago. It's a 2.2, but I can't imagine the alternator being any different. Mine was £300 and then £100 to fit.
 

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I had mine done a few weeks ago. It's a 2.2, but I can't imagine the alternator being any different. Mine was £300 and then £100 to fit.
Very different...a lot more space around the alternator on the 2.2 and you don't need to drop the subframe to get it out.
 

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From what I've been told by my mechanics on a V6 159/Brera it is a major job as engine subframe has got to be removed
 

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I've managed to source a very well priced alternator (OEM kit with warranty etc.) through the FB group Club S Alfa Romeo, (https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/39183462...www.ebay.co.uk/itm/391834622782?ul_noapp=true). Labour is going to be £500 +vat. So I'm looking at spending about £700. All my usual Alfa garages said that this is a nasty job, all the engineers avoid this if possible. Here's hoping it goes well !!
 

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Well I've finally got the Brera back this morning with the replacement alternator fitted. Gonnelllas highlighted a small problem thought. On first startup the battery warning light comes on which wasn't expected. Switching the car off then back on cures the problem i.e the warning light goes away. Has anyone seen this issue before. I'm hoping that after a long run it'll cure itself, but can't be sure. Any thoughts guys ??
 

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I had the battery light on my 2.2JTS and had the same symptoms - the light going off when restarting the engine. If you give it a little beans, just over 2K RPM, then the light will most likely come on again.

Alternator replacement sorted this out for me, good excuse to change both PS & AUX belts whilst they're off on the plus side.
 

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I had the battery light on my 2.2JTS and had the same symptoms - the light going off when restarting the engine. If you give it a little beans, just over 2K RPM, then the light will most likely come on again.

Alternator replacement sorted this out for me, good excuse to change both PS & AUX belts whilst they're off on the plus side.
This is happening to the replacement alternator that was fitted. I just hope this doesn't mean that the replacement unit is duff.
 

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Did they fit the correct alternator for the 3.2V6 though?

If the wrong model/spec Alternator is fitted it can cause this issue, seen it happen before.
 

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That is correct what bazzbazz said. If the part number isn’t the same as the one on the original alternator ( even though it fits ), then it’ll fail to charge the battery up.
That’s easy to figure out though by just connecting a vault meter to the battery terminals whilst it’s running to see if it’s around 14.5. And 12.5 before an engine start.

You also may have to clear any fault codes for the CAN bus system to communicate with the modules


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Thanks bazzbazz and Clay19. I'll be double checking the part number with the original and taking it to a local auto electrician. I'll have a word with them about clearing any fault codes too. Cheers.
 

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That’s easy to figure out though by just connecting a vault meter to the battery terminals whilst it’s running to see if it’s around 14.5.
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Jumping to conclusions there Clay :rofl:
 

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Non comprende Ken.

Unless it was a pun with the words “jump” and “Battery” in an Alan Partridge sort of way?


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Vault or volt...
 
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