alternator is part of the automotive charging system with the purpose of
generating power for all of your vehicle's electrical components such
as headlights, radio, heating and a/c unit, ambient lighting, and iPhone
charging. When it goes out, the struggle is real. Alternators are only
the size of a coconut, but serve a heavy-duty purpose. Alternators
re-cycle power your car battery uses while driving.
Top 5 Signs of Alternator Problems
Dim Lights -
Headlights, dashboard lights or your vehicle's ambient lighting may dim
signaling an imminent failure of your vehicle's alternator. If this
occurs, immediately pull into a
safe area and call for help. It is possible that as the alternator's
condition continues to deteriorate, your vehicle will become inoperable.
Warning Light -
Most late model vehicles will be equipped with a dashboard warning light
to alert you of alternator troubles. The light is typically shaped like
a battery or
may say "ALT" or "GEN". The warning light may only trigger if multiple
electrical components are in use and can be indicative of how much life
and energy is left in your vehicle.
Weak or Dead Battery -
Your car or trucks battery has its own common pitfalls including the
inability to accept and hold a charge. We suggest that you first check that your vehicle's battery is in
excellent working order and fully charged before diagnosing a problem
with the alternator. Once a problematic battery is ruled out, with
a fully charged battery, restart your vehicle. If the lights become dim
again after a short time or you experience any of the other signs of an
alternator issue, it is likely that the problem is, in fact, the alternator.
Weird Smells -
If you're burning rubber, but in a bad way, you might have an
alternator issue. Alternators work in conjunction with a system of
belts. If a belt is experiencing
excess friction from not being able to turn freely, the rubber will
heat up producing a strong odor similar to the smell of an electrical
fire. If this occurs, we recommend having your alternator evaluated by one of our factory-trained, Certified Technicians.
Odd Sounds -
Because there are so many moving parts inside of and working with your
alternator, there are many opportunities for those parts to become worn
or to break. If you hear grinding or whining noises, it could mean there is an issue.
there are any concerns that your vehicle's alternator may not be
functioning properly, make an appointment at any of Moss Bros. Auto
Group's eight dealerships in Riverside, San Bernardino, and Moreno
Valley to have it evaluated by one of our professionals.