> It's a 2000 Focus which I HAVE to keep. My wife is a teacher, and
> commutes 50 miles a day w/2 kids (Atlanta area)...
> on leaving the shop, the owner remarked that it needs an alternator. It
> could go today, tomorrow, etc.
Doesnt surprise me.. after all you probably told him what happened... and
he is judging you for that.
YOu would endanger your life for a vermin animal?
NEVER EVER EVER swerve to avoid any animal smaller than a deer. And
dodging a deer is useless they are totally unpredictable and quick.
Put the brakes on and stop straight! If you end up hitting it, too bad!
It's called "Darwin in action"!
AND make sure your wife and kids get that in their heads, too.
I dont blame you for the instant reaction... my first wreck involved
dodging a dog. NEVER again. It's only if you do that that twice that
you're an idgit!
SECOND: I doubt very much that guy ran a load test or anything else on
that alternator, he looked at your mileage and saw it was about 140k or a
And he knows the brushes in the alternator usually go at about that time,
So call around and see if NAPA or other parts jobber stores have the
replacement brushes for your car's alternator.
It's an easy enough job to replace them, using common torx drivers,
available almost anywhere
Or just ask the guy how much he wants to just do that and check the rear
alternator bearing lube while he's at it.
I'm not familiar with that specific layout but anyone that's ever done it
before should be able to remove the alt, check bearings, replace brushes
and reinstall within an hour.
Google the group and search my name and Alternator in the subject line.
Or just look down the posts, I'll post it again.. been a while.