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Modesto, CA 95356

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Some drivers are not aware that the alternator is a key component in their car's electrical system. What does it do, you ask? Simply stated, it turns the energy from the crankshaft into useful electricity to power the vehicle's electrical systems and to help the battery recharge. When the alternator starts to fail, it can create a domino effect of electrical problems that can ultimately cause a breakdown. The problem is that it is often difficult to determine whether a failing alternator, a weak battery, or a bad car starter is the culprit for your starting problems.

So what are the symptoms of a failing alternator? Here are six signs that you may notice:

  1. The indicator light illuminates on the dashboard titled "ALT" or "GEN.”
  2. Dimming lights usually means the alternator is struggling to perform.
  3. Other electrical systems that are powered by the alternator may start to act up, including power windows, power locks, dashboard lights, air conditioning, radio, GPS, and etc.
  4. Bearings in the engine will start to fail, creating strange rattles and noises.
  5. There might not be enough power in the spark plugs to keep the engine alive, which can cause it to stall for no reason while running, or have trouble starting.
  6. The battery will be drained of its charge because the alternator is not capable of recharging it.

If your vehicle is getting hard to start, for driving safety, performance, and peace of mind, have the car starter, the battery, and the alternator inspected as soon as possible. Don’t wait until you are suddenly left stranded somewhere before taking care of starting problems.

Wondering what are the symptoms of a failing alternator? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Auto & Fleet Mechanic for more information about car starters, alternators, and batteries and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in Modesto, CA, and the surrounding area.

What are the symptoms of a failing alternator? Many of the signs of trouble are the same for failing alternators, weak car batteries, or bad car starters.

Some drivers are not aware that the alternator is a key component in their car's electrical system. What does it do, you ask? Simply stated, it turns the energy from the crankshaft into useful electricity to power the vehicle's electrical systems and to help the battery recharge. When the alternator starts to fail, it can create a domino effect of electrical problems that can ultimately cause a breakdown. The problem is that it is often difficult to determine whether a failing alternator, a weak battery, or a bad car starter is the culprit for your starting problems.

So what are the symptoms of a failing alternator? Here are six signs that you may notice:

  1. The indicator light illuminates on the dashboard titled "ALT" or "GEN.”
  2. Dimming lights usually means the alternator is struggling to perform.
  3. Other electrical systems that are powered by the alternator may start to act up, including power windows, power locks, dashboard lights, air conditioning, radio, GPS, and etc.
  4. Bearings in the engine will start to fail, creating strange rattles and noises.
  5. There might not be enough power in the spark plugs to keep the engine alive, which can cause it to stall for no reason while running, or have trouble starting.
  6. The battery will be drained of its charge because the alternator is not capable of recharging it.

If your vehicle is getting hard to start, for driving safety, performance, and peace of mind, have the car starter, the battery, and the alternator inspected as soon as possible. Don’t wait until you are suddenly left stranded somewhere before taking care of starting problems.

Wondering what are the symptoms of a failing alternator? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Auto & Fleet Mechanic for more information about car starters, alternators, and batteries and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in Modesto, CA, and the surrounding area.

Judi Harvey
Auto & Fleet MechanicModesto Auto Repair

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Wed:07:30am - 05:30pm
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