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How much does a Alternator Repair cost?

On average, the cost for a Toyota Corolla Alternator Repair is $201 with $106 for parts and $95 for labor. Prices may vary depending on your location.

CarServiceEstimateShop/Dealer Price
1994 Toyota CorollaL4-1.6LService typeAlternator RepairEstimate$417.55Shop/Dealer Price$503.19 - $737.61
2015 Toyota CorollaL4-1.8LService typeAlternator RepairEstimate$907.21Shop/Dealer Price$1120.28 - $1736.96
2010 Toyota CorollaL4-2.4LService typeAlternator RepairEstimate$666.33Shop/Dealer Price$819.18 - $1255.20
1984 Toyota CorollaL4-1.6LService typeAlternator RepairEstimate$1491.03Shop/Dealer Price$1850.04 - $2904.56
1980 Toyota CorollaL4-1.8LService typeAlternator RepairEstimate$307.21Shop/Dealer Price$370.30 - $536.99
1996 Toyota CorollaL4-1.6LService typeAlternator RepairEstimate$376.39Shop/Dealer Price$456.76 - $675.32
2018 Toyota CorollaL4-1.8LService typeAlternator RepairEstimate$875.99Shop/Dealer Price$1079.87 - $1669.28
1995 Toyota CorollaL4-1.6LService typeAlternator RepairEstimate$381.39Shop/Dealer Price$461.99 - $680.74

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How does an alternator help your car run?

The alternator is the component that charges the battery in your car. When you use electrical components in your car (stereo, lights, etc.), the battery loses power. The alternator recharges the battery, replenishing the lost battery power. The alternator is located in the engine compartment. If the alternator is not working properly, your car will only stay running for as long as the battery has power stored. Once the battery loses power, your car will not start. Normally, a malfunctioning alternator will turn on the battery warning light or will have a low volt gauge reading.


Before repairing the alternator:

The mechanic should check the entire charging system before installing a new alternator, including checking battery cables for corrosion and the condition of the battery.

Steps when replacing an alternator:

  • Inspect entire charging system (battery, cables, alternator).
  • Inspect the drive belts.
  • Test alternator output.
  • Remove and replace alternator if found to be faulty.
  • Re-test alternator output.

Our recommendation for alternator replacements:

Ask your mechanic to inspect the condition of the charging system during every major service. The mechanic should also clean and tighten the battery cables during every major service.

What common symptoms indicate you may need to replace the Alternator?

  • Dead battery or battery will not hold a charge.
  • Dim lights.
  • Battery warning light is on.

Why repairing your alternator is important:

Your alternator charges your battery, which powers the electronics in your vehicle, such as the radio and the air conditioning. The battery is also needed to turn on your vehicle. A malfunctioning alternator will not charge your car’s battery, and your vehicle will eventually run out of battery life and not be able to start.

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So get your new OEM preferably alternator, your toolbox and start working. The alternator is the big round vented part on the left of the engine and it is driven by the serpentine belt, which you will have to remove, so we’ll start with that:
  • Disconnect the battery first
  • Locate and loosen the bolt that holds the tensioner according to the video bellow. You might want to use a ratchet and an extension to gain more leverage as the space is pretty tight and you can’t stick your hand there
  • Next you take an 19mm wrench and place it around the other bolt near the one you’ve just loosen. This will give you the possibility to create a lever and by pulling towards the front, you can loosen the belt in order to dismount it from the alternator pulley
  • Do the belt dismantling
  • Remove the wires connected to the alternator by pushing the clips on the socket and pulling up. Also remove the other cable that is held on with a nut
  • Unscrew the two bolts that keep the alternator fixed on the engine block
  • Stare for a few seconds at the rust free Toyota quality bolts
  • Remove the alternator
  • Put the new alternator in position and connect everything back in the reverse order
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What is an Alternator?

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How to replace the alternator on your toyota corolla 2009-2016 1.8L 2ZRFE

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Toyota Corolla Alternator Replacement Guide
How to change a failing alternator on the 2ZR-FE 1.8L I4 engine in a 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 Toyota Corolla.

2010 Toyota Corolla S
Pull Off Plastic Cover
Engine Cover Removed
This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the 10th generation (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, & 2013) Toyota Corolla in changing a weak, failing or faulty alternator on the 2ZR-FE 1.8 liter inline four cylinder engine.

Owners of other Toyota, Lexus or Scion vehicles such as the Yaris, Matrix, Prius, Camry, RAV4, Sienna, Tacoma, Tundra, FJ Cruiser, Venza, Highlander, Avalon, Sequoia, Land Cruiser, Allion, Premio, Auris, IS 250, ES 350, GS 350, tC, xB, xD, iQ and FR-S may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The most common symptoms of a failing alternator include headlights that dim or flicker, a whining or growling sound, difficulty starting the engine (even with a new or good 12V battery), slow power windows, a burning rubber smell, an electrical burning smell, stalling, a weak or dead 12 volt car battery, rough idling and a battery warning icon on the gauge cluster.

The OEM (original equipment manufacturer) alternator in this 2010 Corolla S was part number Toyota 27060-0T041 also known as Denso TN104210-5491.

A few other compatible replacement aftermarket alternators with their part numbers include the following: TYC 2-11577, Remy 12897, Denso 210-0731 and Denso 210-0699.

The tools needed to complete this procedure include a 10mm socket, a 1/4" drive ratchet, a 12mm socket, a 14mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratchet.

The first two steps are to open the hood and then pull off the plastic engine cover.

Set the cover aside in a safe place.


2ZR-FE 1.8L I4 Engine
12V Automotive Battery
Loosen Negative Terminal
Move to the right (driver) side of the engine bay.

Loosen the nut on the negative "-" terminal nut by turning it in the counterclockwise direction with the 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

Pull Off Negative Terminal
Cover & Tuck Away
Original OEM Alternator
Pull the negative terminal off the "-" battery post.

Wrap the terminal in a small towel and tuck it away on the right side of the battery to help prevent accidental electrical contact.

Attention: Please make sure the "-" negative 12V battery terminal has been disconnected before continuing this procedure!

Tensioner Bolt 12mm
Mark Position - Sharpie
Belt Tension Bolt Marked
Move to the left (passenger) side of the engine bay and locate the alternator.

I chose to use a blue Sharpie marker to mark the current position of the belt tensioner bolt.

12mm Below Tensioner
Loosen Top 12mm Bolt
Loosen 12mm Tensioner
Loosen the belt adjustment lock bolt located just below the long tensioner bolt by turning it in the counterclockwise direction with the 12mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratchet.

Loosen the long belt tensioner bolt by turning it in the counterclockwise direction with a 12mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratchet.

B+ Terminal & Regulator
Push In Release Tab
Unplug Voltage Regulator
Push in the release tab on the black plastic electrical connector for the alternator's voltage regulator which leads back to the ECU (engine control unit) also known as the ECM (engine control module).

Hold in the release tab and pull the regulator plug off the front of the alternator.

Slide Off Plastic Cover
Plastic Cover Removed
B+ Output Terminal
Gently slide the grey plastic cover off the B+ output terminal ring connector.

Set the B+ output terminal cover aside in a safe place.

Wire Harness Bracket
Detach Plastic Connector
Loosen Counterclockwise
Locate the wire harness retaining clip on the front bottom part of the alternator.

Gently pull the small black plastic tab on the retaining clip out towards the right (driver) side of the car.

Slide the black plastic wire harness retaining clip off the metal mounting bracket.

Loosen the nut on the B+ output terminal by turning it in the counterclockwise direction with the 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet.

10mm Nut Removed
B+ Output Cable
Bottom 14mm Bolt
Set the 10mm nut aside in a safe place.

Locate the larger 14mm "pivot" bolt on the bottom of the alternator.

The bottom 14mm bolt is marked with a red arrow in Picture # 27.

Loosen Bottom Bolt
Spin Out Tension Bolt
Pivot Back Alternator
Loosen the bottom bolt by turning it in the counterclockwise direction with a 14mm socket and a 3/8" drive ratchet.

Once the bottom 14mm pivot bolt and the top 12mm adjustment lock bolt have been loosened, spin out the long 12mm tensioner bolt.

Carefully push on the alternator to pivot it back towards the rear of the car.

This will release the tension on the serpentine accessory belt.

Cable Tie - Hold Belt
Loosening Bottom 14mm
Remove Top 12mm Bolt
Use a cable tie (also known as a "zip" tie) to secure the serpentine accessory belt to the engine.

If the serpentine belt comes off the other pulleys or you are replacing the belt, check out my 2009-2013 Toyota Corolla Serpentine Belt Replacement Guide for a belt routing diagram.

Remove the short 12mm adjuster lock bolt by spinning it out by hand in the counterclockwise direction.

Long Bottom Bolt
Loosen Rear Bracket Bolt
Lift Up Tensioner Bracket
Remove the long 14mm pivot bolt at the bottom of the alternator and set it aside in a safe place.

Loosen the 12mm bolt on the rear of the tension adjustment bracket.

Swing the tension adjustment bracket up and away from the alternator.

Slightly tighten the rear 12mm bolt on the tension adjustment bracket to keep it in the raised position and out of the way.

Remove Old Alternator
Old Alternator Removed
OEM Denso Unit
Carefully pull the old alternator off the engine.

You might need to pivot the alternator back and forth a few times or wiggle it from side to side to loosen the mounting "ears" from the bracket on the engine.

Wire Harness Bracket
Remove 10mm Bolt
Bracket Removed
The OEM alternator (generator) in this 2010 Corolla S was part number Toyota 27060-0T041 also known as Denso TN104210-5491.

Please be sure to use the Amazon Part Finder website to verify the correct replacement alternator for your vehicle since it may vary depending on the model year, trim level and whether it was built in North America or Japan.

The new or remanufactured alternator that you purchase probably won't be equipped with the small metal bracket for securing the wire harness in place.

Remove the bracket by turning the 10mm bolt in the counterclockwise direction.

Install the bracket on to the new alternator by tightening the bolt in the clockwise direction until it is snug.

OEM Part Number
Alternator Mount
Thermostat Housing
If you need to replace the thermostat for the cooling system, you'll have easy access to the housing with the alternator removed.

The black plastic thermostat housing is held in place by two 10mm nuts.

Warning - If you remove the thermostat housing, the coolant will leak out.

Check out my 2009-2013 Toyota Corolla Coolant Change Guide for more information.

Lower In New Alternator
Mounting Ear & Bracket
Tilt Back Alternator
Carefully lower the new alternator down into the engine bay.

Line up the mounting brackets or "ears" on the bottom of the alternator with the mount on the engine.

Push the alternator into place over the mounting point on the engine.

Make sure the bolt holes in the mounting ears on the alternator are lined up with the bolt hole in the bracket on the engine.

Insert Long Bottom Bolt
Bottom Bolt Installed
Loosen Rear Bracket Bolt
Insert the long bolt back into place at the bottom of the alternator.

I chose to place a small amount of Loctite Blue (medium strength - removable with hand tools) to all of the bolts on the alternator to help prevent them from possibly vibrating loose.

Loosen the bolt on the rear of the tensioner bracket.

Lower the tensioner bracket down towards the top of the new alternator.

Insert Front 12mm Bolt
Tighten Rear 12mm Bolt
Slightly Tighten 14mm Bolt
Insert the tension adjustment lock bolt through the tensioner bracket and into the top of the new alternator.

Slightly tighten the large 14mm bolt.

Do not tighten the bolt all the way since you still need to adjust the belt tension.

Leave 14mm Slightly Out
Cut Zip / Cable Tie
Re-Install Belt On Pulley
Carefully cut the cable tie that secures the belt to the top of the engine.

Lower the serpentine belt over the alternator pulley.

Pivot Alternator Forward
Spin In Front 12mm
Spin In Tensioner Bolt
Firmly pull on the top of the alternator to pivot it forward and place some tension on the belt.

Spin in the front long 12mm tensioner bolt in the clockwise direction.

Tighten To Blue Marks
Check Belt Tension
Tighten Pivot Bolt
Continue tightening the long 12mm tensioner bolt until you reach the marks that you added earlier with the Sharpie marker.

Check the tension on the serpentine belt by grabbing it at the middle of the longest run from the alternator down to the crankshaft.

Try twisting the belt until it is about 90 degrees (perpendicular) to the other section of the belt laying flat on the pulleys.

If you can easily twist the belt past 90 degrees, the belt is too loose.

If you can barely twist the belt and there is no way you can reach 90 degrees, the belt is too tight.

The tension is correct when you can just barely twist the belt to 90 degrees (perpendicular) to the rest of the belt.

Another method for checking the tension is to hold a ruler against the longest run of the belt and pull the belt down away from the ruler.

The correct tension setting is when the belt can only be pulled about 1/2" (0.50 inch) or about 13mm away from the ruler.

Once you are satisfied with the belt tension, tighten the 14mm pivot bolt at the bottom of the alternator.

If you have a torque wrench, the service manual specification for the 14mm pivot bolt is 32 lb-ft of torque.

Tighten Adjuster Lock Bolt
Double Check Rear 12mm
Push On Wire Harness
Tighten the 12mm adjustment lock bolt in the clockwise direction to 14 lb-ft of torque.

Make sure that the rear 12mm bolt on the tensioner bracket is tightened to 14 lb-ft of torque as well.

Push the wire harness plastic retainer over the metal bracket on the front of the alternator.

The retaining clip should "click" securely into place. Double check that the harness can not be pulled off the metal bracket.

Wire Harness Secured
B+ Output Ring Terminal
10mm Nut Secure Cable
Double check that the 10mm bolt that secures the wire harness bracket to the alternator is tight.

Push the ring terminal at the end of the B+ output cable to the mounting post on the front of the alternator.

Spin on the 10mm nut and tighten it in the clockwise direction with the 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet until it snug.

Push On Regulator Plug
Tighten B+ Nut
Plastic B+ Cover
Push the electrical connector for the regulator on to the alternator.

You should hear or feel the connector "click" securely into place.

Slide On Plastic Cover
Plastic Cover Secured
New Alternator Installed
Slide the gray plastic cover over the B+ output terminal.

Double check that all of the bolts and electrical connections are securely in place.

Double Check Tension
Push On "-" Terminal
Tighten Nut Clockwise
Double check that the serpentine belt has the proper amount of tension.

Carefully push the negative terminal on to the "-" battery post.

Tighten the terminal nut in the clockwise direction with the 10mm socket and a 1/4" drive ratchet until it is snug.

Try to avoid over tightening the terminal nut to prevent from cracking the battery post which could lead to an acid leak.

Multimeter - Engine Off
Test - Engine Running
Push On Plastic Cover

Start the engine and listen closely for any strange noises.

If you do hear any strange sounds, immediately turn off the ignition and double check your work.

The best way to test your new alternator is with a digital multimeter tool.

If your 12V battery is fully charged it should have a voltage of about 12.60V or higher with the engine turned off. My brand new Interstate battery had a reading of 12.73 volts.

Start the engine and carefully check the voltage on the battery terminals again.

If the new alternator is working properly, the voltage should have a reading of at least over 13 volts to just over 14 volts.

If the alternator is outputting 15 volts or higher, there might be a problem with the voltage regulator.

My new alternator had a reading of 14.45 volts.

If you hear a "chirp, chirp, chirp" sound from the belt, it might be too loose.

If the engine has a rough idle, idles at a lower RPM or you hear a loud screeching sound when you start the engine, the belt is probably too tight and should be loosened.

To adjust the tension, loosen the lower 14mm bolt and loosen the 12mm tension adjustment lock bolt.

Then either turn the long 12mm tensioner bolt in the clockwise direction to tighten the belt or in the counterclockwise direction to loosen the belt.

Be sure to write down the procedure in your vehicle's service records.

Please check out my other Corolla DIY tutorials at the links below -

2009-2013 Toyota Corolla Repair & Maintenance Guides

2014-2018 Toyota Corolla Repair & Maintenance Guides

2003-2008 Toyota Corolla Repair & Maintenance Guides


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