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Hello. For a couple weeks, my 11 Pilot started making a whining noise. Today, the VMT-4 and battery light came on. I turned it off and tried to restart it and all of the dash lights started blinking and it wouldn't start. I called the Honda service center and they think it sounds like the alternator. What do you think? Also, if so, average repair charges? Thank you.
 

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Hello. For a couple weeks, my 11 Pilot started making a whining noise. Today, the VMT-4 and battery light came on. I turned it off and tried to restart it and all of the dash lights started blinking and it wouldn't start. I called the Honda service center and they think it sounds like the alternator. What do you think? Also, if so, average repair charges? Thank you.
Sounds like a alternator. If your near a major auto parts store, they will diagnose for free. Dealership will hit you for $100+ just to diagnose.
 
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Check the battery also since while the startup process goes the battery is the major player until the engine starts. After that the Alternator takes over to charge the system. If the Alternator was indeed not charging the system you may also have a really dead battery on your hands.
 

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Then...My neighbor jumped it and it started. Going in reverse, it started " jumping" like it couldn't get into gear? Alternator?Transmission?Thanks!
I'd check the grounding cables.
Negative battery terminal cable to frame.
Frame to Transmission.
Frame to Engine.
May need to clean connections or replace if corroded.
 

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My alternator was done a year ago and it was about $450-$500 at local shops. More at the dealer. Be sure to get the Denso remanufactured alternator.

Also, it is worth checking the old alternator for any oil residue. There is common leak location right near the dipstick. Best to be sure you are leak free before you put in another alternator.
 

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Thank you. Also I was wondering if the Alternator has anything to do with the Timing belt and everything they replace when replacing the Timing belt as I just had that done last Fall...Any connection? Thank you.
 

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Thank you. Also I was wondering if the Alternator has anything to do with the Timing belt and everything they replace when replacing the Timing belt as I just had that done last Fall...Any connection? Thank you.
No conection.
 

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Let us know if you got the oil drip/stain on top of your alternator. The oil leak at the dipstick will be an additional repair that must be done first.
 

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Be sure to fully charge the battery before running the new alternator. A nearly dead battery will put an extreme load on the new alternator, and can even cause it to fail.
 

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That would be if I walked up to their parts counter and bought the part there.
They would refund the diagnostic fee ($175) if repairs were done there.
I imagine the bill would be $900 for the alternator replacement at my local dealer given $175 shop rate where I live.
 
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