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Old 11-16-2006, 11:07 AM   #11
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well if you do buy from auto zone you do get the lifetime warranty so if it ever does go bad you can swap it out...and its pretty easy to do.
How many trips do you want to make in the next 3 months? I can think of better destinations than AZ. I'd rather have one with a lifetime warranty that I can TRUST.
I made many trips to the Advance to return a bad alternator... It was the best one they had witha lifetime warranty... I see why it had a lifetime warranty, it fails in short order... But you are limited on the amount of returns you can do... At the time I knew the Manager so I never had an issue with a return.... I made them order an AC Delco unit... Its been right up on 3 years...

If you are looking to save money... Get a low milage unit from the yeard that doesn't look like its been in the weather... Install it on your car and see if its good... If it is, leave it on there and keep the other unit in the trunk as a spare

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i usually run my alts from auto zone for about 2 years or so before they start dieing....well just look at all the stuff I'm pulling off of it. auto zone never questioned me and its unlimited returns...same on batteries (which i tend to eat up too)...I really haven't had that much trouble with auto zone alts other than I beat the crap out of them and they don't last as long. they usually always have one in stock and the tools there to do it in the parking lot if you want to. sorry other peoples experiences with auto zone alternators have not been as good as mine i guess, but it works well for me.
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tony you NEED the 140 amp....DONOT settle for anything less
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Depending upon the time frame in question, I would order the 140 amp. That'* what mine came with, and I still see drains when I have the lights, heater, and stereo on. Only at idle, but still....
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92/93 Bonnevilles, especially the SSE/SSEi were short-changed by GM with the 105. I agree, you need a 140. They fixed that in 1994. Your alternator and battery will last longer.
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This is easy, the chances are doubtful at best that you would find a 140 at the JY, and low mileage doesn't exist at that yard.

With the JY possibility ruled out. I see a couple of options.
1:Buy the remaned one with lifetime warranty. (I personally bought a Delco remaned at Advance and it died quick, currently running lifetime Palladium with zero problems)
2: Pull yours off and have it rebuilt by a shop. When you go there, you specify what you want done. Bearings, check, regulator check. clean it up. That way you know what was rebuilt. (The Advance ones that went bad on me were bearing failures...nothing else and that depends on who rebuilds it.)
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This is easy, the chances are doubtful at best that you would find a 140 at the JY, and low mileage doesn't exist at that yard.

With the JY possibility ruled out. I see a couple of options.
1:Buy the remaned one with lifetime warranty. (I personally bought a Delco remaned at Advance and it died quick, currently running lifetime Palladium with zero problems)
2: Pull yours off and have it rebuilt by a shop. When you go there, you specify what you want done. Bearings, check, regulator check. clean it up. That way you know what was rebuilt. (The Advance ones that went bad on me were bearing failures...nothing else and that depends on who rebuilds it.)


Bill, how much are they worth, although the warranty won't really help me much.
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2: Pull yours off and have it rebuilt by a shop. When you go there, you specify what you want done. Bearings, check, regulator check. clean it up. That way you know what was rebuilt. (The Advance ones that went bad on me were bearing failures...nothing else and that depends on who rebuilds it.)
I recommend Bill'* second option. This cost me $50 and it'* been on for five years. Obviously no matter where you go it depends on the quality of the guy who actually did the work on it.
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This is easy, the chances are doubtful at best that you would find a 140 at the JY, and low mileage doesn't exist at that yard.

With the JY possibility ruled out. I see a couple of options.
1:Buy the remaned one with lifetime warranty. (I personally bought a Delco remaned at Advance and it died quick, currently running lifetime Palladium with zero problems)
2: Pull yours off and have it rebuilt by a shop. When you go there, you specify what you want done. Bearings, check, regulator check. clean it up. That way you know what was rebuilt. (The Advance ones that went bad on me were bearing failures...nothing else and that depends on who rebuilds it.)
This is after I buy the new rebuilt alt and come back from NY right?


Pat, yeah I know I should go with the 140 since im running an amp along with all of the other electrical, but this is just bad timing since I've decided to go to NY and dont want to be left stranded with a dead alt.

I think what I may do, given the time I have to replace it and availability of the alt, is to pick up the 104 alt tonight, pop it in tomorrow, then if the new one fails, I can squeeze in a repair on sunday before heading out for NY on Thursday.

I think thats the best plan, given my situation. Later down the road, I can get the 140 amp and have the 104 as a back up.

All I know is in the end, a new rebuilt AZ 104 amp alt is better than the slowly dying one I have in there now
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I say buy the new one.
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