View Full Version : Help me!! I need an E36 Alternator (Or a rebuild!)

03-09-2008, 10:40 AM
So as I type this I'm waiting my four hour wait for a cab, or possibly a friend to dig his way out to come to my aid.

I was coming back from a party lastnight during the worst snow storm I have ever seen in my life (believe me I didn't think it would be THIS bad or I wouldn't have gone). I'm coming up Bank St. towards heron/baseline and my lights had been getting dimmer and dimmer. Finally my car's power fizzled right out, so I put my 4 ways on and slid off to the side of the road. I let the car sit for about 10 minutes and it actually started again, but it only ran for about 30 seconds before doing the same thing. When I rev the car the lights don't go brighter or anything, so I suspect alternator or voltage regulator?

Either way, my car is still on the side of Bank St., or towed somewhere (hopefully without damage!). I tried to call a tow truck, they told me they couldn't tow till tomorrow or monday and not to worry because even if the city had it towed they'd have to wait that long lol... I phoned the Police and they told me they'd make a note of it and have it towed to a side street for me if it needed to be moved, or if not they'd call me.

By the grace of god we were able to flag down a passing taxi and convince him with a generous tip to forget about his current fare and take us home as we were frozen to death and it was 2am by this point (there was 4 of us in the car). I closed the door with my business card caught in the window in hope the tow truck driver would be nice enough to call me.

So anyways, I wake up thismorning and find that there are no cabs available and no busses running, so short of a 2 hour walk there's no way to get back to my car. My plan is to buy a booster pack at Canadian Tire and use it to run the car long enough to get home (about a 10 minute drive), or at least get it across the road into the Canadian Tire parkinglot.

Now that I have a plan to get the car off of the road (assuming it's still there and not swept away by a loader or something) I need a plan to fix it.

My buddy and I will put a DMM on the Alternator/Battery when we get the car back, but if it is the Alternator I'm going to need to find one. My question is: Does anybody know of a place that can rebuilt my alternator if I pull it off and take it there?? OR does anybody have a used/new one I can purchase. I'm really screwed here, and as always I'm turning to Max Bimmer for help :D

03-09-2008, 04:19 PM
An update:

I went back thismorning around 11:30am with a buddy and we ended up having to buy a booster pack at Canadian Tire and use it to get the car home. The alternator must be completely pooched, we're going to try reading the alternator with a DMM later today both off the chassis and off the alternator housing as a ground. This should tell us if the grounding is screwed up or if the alternator is shot. I love how they just left my car on Bank St. for 12 hours and plowed around it so we had to dig it out of a 4' snow bank basically haha...

Still need an alternator!! :(

Bimmer Heaven
03-09-2008, 06:11 PM
I have several, but not really in your area!

03-09-2008, 06:43 PM

sorry to hear its one thing to have an alt go in the summer or whatever,
but getting stuck in the freeze is rotten..

good thing it was in town & not out in the boons.

03-09-2008, 07:45 PM
Yeah I love how my car finally breaks down on me on the WORST possible night at the WORST possible time... Like what are the chances haha.

03-10-2008, 03:00 PM
I know of a guy on gladstone that could rebuild it for you. He is usually pretty reasonable his name is Orville and his number is (613) 728 3861 or (613) 596 1189. Just a warning his shop looks a little shaddy but I have been there numerous times and so has my brother for his e34.

03-11-2008, 11:04 AM
how did you make out??

03-11-2008, 11:11 AM
Well I haven't checked on the rebuild yet, that's next on my list. I have the alternator out of the car and it's either a 105A Bosch or a 140A Bosch, I'm just waiting for my buddy to get home with his measuring thingy so we can measure the fan diameter to narrow it down. I don't imagine it really matters between the two anyways.

So far the lowest quote I've got is $300 taxes in for an 80A Bosch, so the rebuild is looking promising. The problem is that I need it done in time for the weekend! :(

Edit: Update!! I just spoke with Orville and he said if I take it down to him early thisafternoon he can probably rebuild it and have it back to my by tomorrow!! I guess I'm bussing it up to Gladstone, scurrrry!

03-12-2008, 11:49 PM
I got Orville to rebuild the alternator, he did an excellent job for me and very quickly as well! No more flickering/dimming lights at idle and the car runs a lot smoother.

Rebuilding was definately the way to go.

03-13-2008, 12:39 AM
how much did he charge ?? if you dont mind me asking

03-13-2008, 07:47 AM
Glad to hear it all worked out for you in the end!

03-13-2008, 11:58 AM
He had to replace both brushes and replace the slip ring. It had been rebuilt previously and it wasn't done properly so one of the brushes wasn't even touching the ring, the other one had worn a huge groove so it had to be replaced outright. He charged me $120. For just brushes it would have been around $60. A lot better than the $300-$400 for a new or refurbished alternator!!! Orville was also very nice to deal with and extremely helpful! I definately recommend him to anybody, messy sketchy shop aside haha :P

03-13-2008, 07:33 PM
awesome man glad it worked out! He has always been good to us.

Lee in Ottawa
03-14-2008, 12:06 AM
Yep Orvilles the man, he's figured out numerous electrical problems for me over the years. Actually he fixed the dually last week

03-14-2008, 12:55 AM
going to get mine rebuilt by him also