I had random engine shut off issues last year and changed out my alternator to try and solve the problem. Turned out it was a bad iginition switch. The alternator I bought was a remanufacture lifetime warranty Duralast from autozone. I try to get lifetime warranty whenever I can. Just too tempting, but in this cast it backfired.
It's been almost a year and the battery dash light came on one morning and the idle was bad. Took it in to get it replaced and a month later I'm having issues again. Battery light comes on at idle usually only when headlights are on. Over 1000 rpm and the light turns off. I try to keep the car in neutral at stops and rev the engine if needed.
My issue now is I don't really want to bring it in for the limetime warranty replacement if this is gonna keep happening. I was looking at some other options, but it seems all major chain autoparts stores have the same issues. Random at best to get a good alternator to last more than a year.
Is there a difference between a *NEW alternator versus a remanufactured one? Do they use the same crappy parts?
Autozone Duralast new/reman
Napa standard/pro/premium new/reman
Napa Bosch reman
O'reiley Ultima reman
Pep Boys Prostart Platinum new
Pep Boys Prostart reman
Local Shop rebuild
What's your exp and recommendations? If local rebuild, what parts are good or do they just use cheap parts? Would they rebuild my cheap Autozone reman or should I pull a used one from the junk to rebuild? What brand/markings is on the OEM alternator if I pull one from the junk?