The alternator is a needed component to your vehicle’s operation. The alternator turns the mechanical energy of the engine’s rotating crankshaft into electricity through induction. The alternator also has wires that cut through a magnetic field that helps to induce the electrical current. The current is used to power the accessories in your vehicle like the headlights or radio. The alternator also helps to keep the battery fully charged to the power it needs to start the vehicle. If there is an issue with your vehicle, make sure to schedule an appointment to bring the vehicle in. We can inspect the parts and components for you to ensure it is operating in ideal condition.
If the alternator begins to fail, the battery starts to work harder to make up for the difference. This can cause the battery to wear out quicker than it should. The vehicle’s battery is not designed for any long-term power use, and it may result in it becoming unreliable.
Any Warning Lights
The typical warning sign there is an issue with the alternator is to have the light on the dashboard illuminate. This light usually looks like a battery when it lights up. If you have numerous accessories turned on, like the radio, headlights, and others, the alternator will need to work harder to maintain the necessary voltage needed.
Lights that are Dim
The alternator supplies the power for the vehicle’s electrical needs. If it begins to lose electricity, so do the accessories that need that electricity to run properly. There may be erratic symptoms in your vehicle that could range from dim or extremely bright headlights, to the radio stopping abruptly. Other accessories like the power windows may start to slowdown if the alternator is starting to lose its current.
The electricity from the alternator is sent through cables and wires. If these have any issues with the connections at either end, it can reduce or stop the electricity from getting through. This may cause the lights to get brighter as the alternator produces more energy to overcome the resistance of a bad wire or loose connection. If you notice an issue with the alternator and your vehicle, bring it in so we can inspect it for you.