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Old 03-10-2019, 07:35 PM   #1
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2006 F-53 Alternator

Finding my alternator discontinued w/out replacement. Rock Auto lists a few. One is 130amp, other others 110amp. Does it really matter? I really like to stick with motorcraft parts but looks like I can't in this case. Any alternator make that is better than others? Found this one with 160amp. https://www.amazon.com/Electrical-HO.../dp/B008R235E6
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Old 03-10-2019, 08:10 PM   #2
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Finding my alternator discontinued w/out replacement. Rock Auto lists a few. One is 130amp, other others 110amp. Does it really matter? I really like to stick with motorcraft parts but looks like I can't in this case. Any alternator make that is better than others? Found this one with 160amp. https://www.amazon.com/Electrical-HO.../dp/B008R235E6
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The 160 amp would be a nice replacement. Yours can probably be rebuilt by an automotive electrical shop
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Alternators everywhere

Did you do a google search? I did, and see numerous alternators for the 2006 F53 with outputs ranging from 300amp to 100amp... Pick one! Autozone lists a factory 130 amp unit with lifetime warranty.
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Finding my alternator discontinued w/out replacement. Rock Auto lists a few. One is 130amp, other others 110amp. Does it really matter? I really like to stick with motorcraft parts but looks like I can't in this case. Any alternator make that is better than others? Found this one with 160amp. https://www.amazon.com/Electrical-HO.../dp/B008R235E6
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Strange, my local Ford dealer can get one next business day for my 2006 chassis but double the price that Rockauto lists. Advance Auto on the way home has a Motorcraft remanufactured original equipment replacement available for pick up as I drive by. Again nearly double what Rockauto lists. For an alternator I wouldn't hesitate with aftermarket and remanufactured over OEM particularly when the OEM is twice the cost.
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Is there any advantage to get one with higher amp rating
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Only if your depending on it to charge a very large battery bank while driving.
Possably powering a large residental fridge while on the road.

Increasing the output may require increasing the size of the alternator output cable.
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The rebuilding business for starters and alternators is a mixed bag. The prices an vary even when comparing the same amp output based on exactly how much they put into the rebuild. There are many aspects of the rebuild that can be skipped or not done exactly to spec which is why most auto parts stores offer several price ranges.

When a customer walks in and asks for prices of a rebuild it could be $49.95, $69.95 or $129.95. They will all work but the quality and longevity of rebuild is what you are paying for. They don't want you to walk away by only keeping the absolute best parts. Informed customers know what to do.

Sometimes but not always there is a reason why OEM parts seem to last twice as long as after market parts. If I'm fixing the family trip vehicle I'll get the best I can afford. That would be NAPA or O'reilly's top of the line. The same for the RV. If it's my pick-up that's used around town then I'll save a few bucks.

I always liked NAPA. They are a large National company and need to keep a good reputation. When a repair shop buys parts they want good ones that will last. If you buy the best it will come with a longer warranty. A good parts house will honor the warranty.

Back when we changed mufflers I ordered a "Y" and when I went in to pick it up it was incorrect. When the correct one came in it was twice the weight as the first one. I asked why?? It was more costly and built to OEM specs. The metal was twice as thick. No wander the stock lasted so long.

If you know of a popular and reputable shop in town ask them who they use for those type of parts. Their reputation relies on doing a job with good parts that last longer than a few months. Word of mouth can make or break your repair business.
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