When it comes to keeping the electrical components and accessories of your vehicle all powered up, the battery is the first thing that usually comes to mind. But while the battery supplies electricity to these components, what keeps it recharged and filled with juice is the alternator. And what keeps the alternator stable and steady is the bracket. The alternator bracket keeps it safe from harm while the vehicle is running, especially when it encounters bumps and potholes on the road. Like other components under the hood, this part is designed to be sturdy and durable, able to withstand harsh conditions. Unfortunately, heat, pressure, and regular use can take toll on the bracket’s strength. The weak bracket should be replaced at once. Here are some tips when looking for a replacement.
When it comes to fit, you have two options: the universal and direct-fit alternator bracket. The universal bracket can be used on a wide range of vehicles. If you’ll be using one of these, make sure that the bracket can support the alternator and mount it in place. Some adjustments and even some slight modifications may be done to make sure it fits better. On the other hand, you have a direct-fit bracket that’s specially designed with OE specs to match the features of the alternator in your vehicle. With this, you can be sure that the bracket is specially designed to match the alternator in your auto. To find the right bracket, use the complete vehicle details as a filter for your search.
The alternator bracket can be designed as a mid-mount or high-mount bracket. It can also be made for a specific type of alternator and water pump such as the 2-bolt straight mount alternator and counter-clockwise water pump with serpentine pulley or clockwise/counter clockwise water pump with V-belt pulley. Be particular with the specs. You can use the vehicle manual as a guide to find a compatible bracket for the type of alternator used in your vehicle. Also take note of the location, whether it’s for the passenger or driver side.
The bracket may cost around 20USD to 45USD to as much as 130 USD to 180 USD. This depends on the vehicle, type of bracket, and brand. Compare various prices before you choose an alternator bracket to buy.