So I was on my way to my bowling league on Saturday morning. It was rain/snowing and I had my windshield whipers going, heat on full blast, and the stereo pumping. I am about five miles into the trip and i noticed my whipers started skipping across my windshield instead of sliding like they were. Weird.
On my next sweep of the gauges (maybe 30 seconds later) I noticed that my voltmeter was right around 9 volts, then I noticed my "Check Gauges" light glaring at me (kinda backwards huh?). I suppose the reason I didn't hear the chime was because I may have been enjoying Reanimation (Linkin Park) a bit too much
. This didn't surprise me since I had been having intermittent voltage drops when I was stopped at stop lights and such. So I said a little prayer, turned off my music, windshield whipers, heater, and drove the rest of the way (5 more miles) to the bowling alley, parked out of the way incase I needed a jump and bowled for 3 hours.
Came out and my car started right up just fine, but my voltmeter showed about 9 volts and the Check Gauges light was on. Drove a couple blocks to my local AC Delco dealer. They tested my battery, showed fine. My dad really wanted to try out this repair shop that was nearby, so I left my car there for the weekend. I wasn't positive that it was the alternator (which I knew I could do myself), hence why I wanted to have them look at it. I also may have slide into a curb pretty hard (story available upon request) , and I wanted them to see if I screwed anything up (I thought I may have).
Anyway, $490 later I have my car back. Whats new? Full alignment and a new alternator. Alignment seems to have fixed my curbing issues, but that isn't the issue.
They charged me $250 in PARTS for a new alternator, plus $60 to install it. That seems reasonable in labor, but a bit high in parts...like nearly double. Well, they said that it would be a OE (Delco) brand new alternator. It was so expensive because they don't use REMAN parts. The work got OKed and they did it.
Get home, pop the hood...Here is what I find.
Yep, there is a new alternator there. Looks nice and shiney. Awesome...but expensive.
Upon closer inspection...what do we have...
Alright, the sticker says AC Delco
Hmmm...that sticker has lots of other stuff on it...lemme peer a little closer...
Yeah, so the pic didn't turn out real well. I tried to enhance it a bit, but if you looks closely next to the AC Delco (to the right of it) it says "Remanufactured For AC DELCO."
Wait a minute, that doesn't seem right. My dad called the only Delco dealer in town, and I think they only had a price for a Reman. So did I get a reman and they pocketed my $125 or so??