The alternator charges the car battery while your car is running by turning mechanical energy into electrical energy. It works very similarly to a generator. When you start your vehicle, the engine spins wheels under the hood which then cranks a wheel on the alternator. This particular part of your car is responsible for keeping many other parts of your car functioning properly.
A failing alternator can even cause the car engine to stall while you are driving down the road. So, it’s essential to know what warning signs to look for before it is too late.
Some signs of a failing alternator can include: dimming or flickering lights, check engine light, weird noises such as squealing, grinding or growling sound, power windows acting slow, or a dead battery. Also, if you see a warning light that looks like a battery (it might read “GEN” or “ALT”), then that is also a good sign.
For some, it’s difficult to know whether the issue is with the alternator or the battery. While both will wear out and need replacing over time, you want to trust your vehicle to a professional who can make the correct diagnosis the first time. Just like other parts of your car, the rotor, brushes and other internal components of an alternator eventually wear out over time and need to be replaced. Fortunately, preventative service and checks on your alternator can extend its lifespan.
The sooner you can catch alternator issues and repair or replace your alternator, the better it will be for the overall health of your vehicle and your wallet. Think your car might be experiencing alternator trouble? Give us a call at 336-454-5736! At Tim Small Automotive, we can give you the peace of mind that comes from knowing you’re working with a professional.