Usually, when someone experiences car starting problems, they immediately assume that it is due to a dead battery. While your battery may be weak, there may be more to the story. Your alternator could be the culprit.
An alternator is a charger for your battery, and it provides the necessary electricity to all your electronic accessories in your car. Over time, parts of the alternator weaken and stop working altogether. Its brushes, rotors, and other internal components may need replacing.
If your car shows any of the following signs, it could mean that your alternator has gone bad:
1) Dead Battery
One of the most common signs of a weak alternator is a dead battery, which is why it is hard to distinguish a problem between the two. When an alternator is problematic, the battery must use a significant amount of energy until it depletes.
2) Engine Stalls
If your engine stops working at any point during your drive, you may want to check to see if you have an alternator problem on your hands.
3) Dimmed Lights
Have you noticed your interior and exterior lights showing unusual behavior? If they are dimming or flickering on/off, it may signify that your alternator is failing. Your lights are usually the first areas to be impacted.
4) Electrical Malfunctions
Following the light problem, other electrical-powered accessories may start to malfunction. For instance, the power seating, power windows, radio, and screen displays can quit working randomly.
5) Strange Sounds
Of course, strange noises are almost always a cause for concern. When you catch a weird ticking sound from under the hood, it could mean that your alternator needs some attention.
If you are experiencing any of the signs mentioned above, please feel free to bring your car to Kehoe Auto Repair for inspection. We can accurately diagnose your vehicle problem and get you the necessary repairs to have a dependable ride again. Please give us a call or schedule an appointment online with us today.