Alternator Trouble Can Cause the Following Problems

If you drive an automobile that is 10 years old or older, the alternator has reached the end of its lifespan. Ideal Automotive can replace your vehicle’s alternator if it is going bad. We are going to list the signs of a bad alternator below so you know what to keep an eye on.

Accessory Malfunction

Your vehicle’s accessories may start to malfunction if the alternator is going bad. This is because the alternator provides power to these accessories. For example, common problems that point to the alternator include the radio turning off by itself and your power windows slowing down.

Dashboard Warning Light

You may end up with a dashboard warning light if the alternator is malfunctioning. In newer automobiles, this light is a light that is in the shape of a battery. Older automobiles may be equipped with an ALT light or a GEN light. Take any illuminated dashboard light seriously.

Frequent Engine Stalling

Aside from providing power to the accessories, the alternator also powers the spark plugs. This allows them to generate sparks to ignite your engine and keep it running. If your engine has started to stall frequently, it’s possible that the alternator is unable to provide power to the spark plugs.

Hard Starts/Dead Battery

Your vehicle may also get difficult to start if the alternator is going bad. The most common cause of starting problems is a dead battery. If the alternator is bad, the problem is not with the battery. Rather, the alternator is no longer able to keep the battery charged, a normal part of its function.

Overheated Electrical System

The alternator should not generate more than 14.5 volts. If it is malfunctioning and produces too much electricity, your electrical system will overheat. Consequently, you will smell burning wires and rubber coming from the engine. Don’t drive your automobile to avoid an electrical fire.

Strange Growling Noises

A dying alternator may also produce strange growling noises. You will hear these growling or grinding noises coming from the engine. As an aside, the alternator belt may also get too loose. When this happens, you will hear squealing or whining sounds coming from the engine.

Vehicle Light Problems

Finally, problems with your automobile’s lights are an indication that the alternator is dying. If it is producing too much electricity, your lights will be brighter than normal. If it is unable to produce electricity, your automobile’s lights will be dim and may flicker.

Call Ideal Automotive in Blaine, MN, today if you suspect that your vehicle’s alternator is going bad. We can test it and replace it if necessary.


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