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Replace the voltage regulator/brush holder! Cost $60.00-$80.00
DO NOT replace the alternator! The tip off that you don't replace the alternator is the price of a new alternator. the only time you replace an alternator is if you have a failed bearing, even then a Bosch shop can repair it for under $100.00!
Most shops don't offer to simply replace the Voltage regulator/rectifier/brush holder module since most grease monkeys prefer to rape you and your credit card for the price of a new alternator plus labor!
VW alternators come with replaceable VR/Brush holders that wear out BUT are easily (relatively) replaced. reference item #4 in the diagram below...
You can easily replace the plug in module in the parking lot with some fairly basic tools.
VOLTAGE REGULATOR NEW
(Compatible with OEM part number: 038-903-803-EX)
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Specializing in CRI, CR, PD, VE, IDI VW, Audi, MB, SEAT and Skoda Diesel engines.
Offical Importer, Distributor and Installer for Fratelli Bosio, S.R.L. North America