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" If money were no object, a Mechman alt would be the route I would take"

never heard of them before, are their parts better than OEM?

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If money were no object, a Mechman alt would be the route I would take.

https://www.mechman.com/alternators/...-0l/2007-2012/

On the plus side, I am now an expert in changing out the alternator and can have it done in under 20 minutes.
Checked the Mechman, says only 2007-2010 If I was serious about a new alternator I'd call to verify.

Exactly where to you live and do you work for beer?
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" If money were no object, a Mechman alt would be the route I would take"

never heard of them before, are their parts better than OEM?
Mechman is highly endorsed in the car audio community for their output ratings. Everyone who has one says they are superb.
Are they better than OEM? As far as output is concerned, yes. Longevity is an unknown as I do not own one yet. Everything I have read on them says they are far superior to OEM in every way, but as we all know, you cant believe everything you read on the interweb.
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Checked the Mechman, says only 2007-2010 If I was serious about a new alternator I'd call to verify.

Exactly where to you live and do you work for beer?
I did not think the alternators were different from the 2011+ models, but I have an 07 so I would not know.

Of course I work for beer. Who doesnt?

Sadly, I am stuck in SoCal for the time being.
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Re: Buyer beware O'Reilly alternator

Looks like brush holder with brushes, for both new/old alternators (2007-2014). Approx $16. At that price, one goes into the box in the back. Although changing it in the field could be an issue??

SKU: 27370-0F060
Other Names: Brush & Holder, Brushes, Holder S A Brush
Description: FJ CRUISER
Replaces: 27370-0Y150, 27370-31220

Looks like it fits a lot of other Toyotas..
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I did not think the alternators were different from the 2011+ models, but I have an 07 so I would not know.

Of course I work for beer. Who doesnt?

Sadly, I am stuck in SoCal for the time being.
I thought that strange also. I checked the Toyota parts list. It does show the break as 07-10 and 11-14

SoCal, should have figured that from your 'location'.
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Looks like brush holder with brushes, for both new/old alternators (2007-2014). Approx $16. At that price, one goes into the box in the back. Although changing it in the field could be an issue?? (snip)
I always pull the alternator to clean out all the dust and powdered carbon brush residue, check bearings, re-lube the needle bearing, and clean-up the slip rings with 600 grit wet-or-dry abrasive paper. I think swapping out the brush module would be a real challenge with the alternator still in the vehicle, but it depends how determined you are. I've never tried it.
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I always pull the alternator to clean out all the dust and powdered carbon brush residue, check bearings, re-lube the needle bearing, and clean-up the slip rings with 600 grit wet-or-dry abrasive paper.
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I always pull the alternator to clean out all the dust and powdered carbon brush residue, check bearings, re-lube the needle bearing, and clean-up the slip rings with 600 grit wet-or-dry abrasive paper. I think swapping out the brush module would be a real challenge with the alternator still in the vehicle, but it depends how determined you are. I've never tried it.
Personally not that determined anymore.

Something to be added to the preventive maintenance list at 100k miles as you mentioned earlier. Maybe a little longer?

I changed brushes in our old Camrys. A much easier job . Are the diode and regulator packs also available for the newer alternators? Rebuilt the Delco alternator for our ‘75 Chevy PU one time.

Almost everyday I drive by an old shop that rebuilds starters and alternators. Looks like a shop behind his house. I would expect to find an old guy about my age, ok, maybe a tad younger. I think I’ll stop by and say ‘Hi’.

Also agree with @Hannibal a good DIY would be great

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@Lee44 Let us know what you find out at the shop/house. It's always good to know if the Ol' Skool is still around.





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