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Replacement alternator

Posted: Tue Nov 03, 2020 15:49
by lambert.john
Does anyone know if a straightforward replacement can be obtained? Seven years ago I drew a blank when mine failed and had to send it away for refurbishment. It has now failed again! Or is a 7year lifespan acceptable?

Re: Replacement alternator

Posted: Tue Nov 03, 2020 16:50
by Hawaiis0
Without trawling all the slots; easiest £70+vat from LB. Non standard new replacement

SJSports new genuine OEM £240 :shock:

edit apologies that LB one is non SE. £120 for a refurb SE

Re: Replacement alternator

Posted: Wed Nov 04, 2020 10:02
by rbgosling
Absolutely make sure you are ordering the right one! I had an alternator failure 4 years ago, I ordered a replacement from SJ, but it was the wrong one - it was for the non-SE engine, and doesn't fit the SE engine. SJ told me they didn't have alternators for the SE (at the time, might have changed??), so I called Lotusbits who had no problem supplying a refurbed correct alternator for the SE.

Still, I can't believe this is a Lotus-specific special part, so it must have a manufacturer part number that is in common with something else?

Re: Replacement alternator

Posted: Thu Nov 05, 2020 12:38
by ianhateswork
I have seen some of the esprit owners use a bosch al49x alternator with casing holes being realigned.

viewtopic.php?f=27&t=11059&hilit=bosch+ ... r&start=15

more info on the lotus forums, don`t know if it fits an se tho.

Re: Replacement alternator

Posted: Sat Nov 07, 2020 22:08
by lambert.john
Many thanks for the replies. On this occasion I seem to be in luck. The charging issue was down to a faulty wiring connection. I'm now back on the road without too much expense!

Re: Replacement alternator

Posted: Wed Nov 11, 2020 21:38
my se has got a motorolla one which according to sj is non se only but fits fine with existing brackets etc. what make should se ones be?

Re: Replacement alternator

Posted: Fri Nov 13, 2020 22:19
by lambert.john
Mine's a Valeo, on an 87MY, but there may be others.