Re: I think my batteries are bad.
Had to work on Thanksgiving day. We did the family thing all day Friday. I finally got to the bus today. I put the charged batteries back in and headed to town to see what the instruments could tell me. I chose NAPA because I have been to two other shops in town and was not very impressed. Well, We checked the batteries again and yep, they were doing fine. I asked what else they could tell me and they said they could put a load on it but it wasn't a good test to really see if the alternator was ok. The first time he thought that something was bad. HE checked again and then it showed normal. I restated that it would be a better test if I took the alternator out so they could put it on their machine. I decided that I would need to get my feet wet with fixing this problem some time. What better time than right in front of the store, then, there, and before they closed. I can say that working on the bus is much more fun than some of the cars I had. I really nice when you can step between the tire and bumper and get the alternator out right at chest level.
Well, I took my very clean alternator inside to see what their machine indicated. The smoking gun was found. Absolutely no voltage being produced. They quickly looked up a replacement, but none on hand. Tuesday was as soon as they could get one here. I asked how much would it cost. IT was $200. Ouch! But before I could make a decision, they were calling all of the other shops in town for a replacement. No luck at all. They did say there was a rebuild shop thirty miles or two towns away. I had already thought that I had pushed my luck as far as I should so I told them to go ahead and get me the new one for Tuesday.
Is $200 about the right cost for a like for like new replacement?