The alternator - it isn't a component that many people are familiar with, however, it is vital to the overall operation of our vehicles. The alternator has a really important job - it helps charge the battery when your engine is running and it powers your vehicle's electrical systems. Without it, your vehicle wouldn't stay running.
So, what happens when your alternator starts to fail? When the alternator starts to fail, many other vehicle components will begin to stop working. Electrical systems aren't just your vehicle's lights and radio - it also includes the engine control systems and ignition system. Typically, the alternator goes bad slowly and you'll be able to identify symptoms so that you can get it repaired quickly before you find yourself stranded on the road. What happens when the alternator completely dies is the battery stops getting recharged and eventually will be providing the electrical power itself until it has none left to give.
If you notice one or more of the following symptoms, this can indicate that your alternator is going bad:
- Lights are dimming
- Radio is fading or isn't working
- Power windows or locks seem slow or aren't working at all
- Check engine light or battery warning light has turned on
- Car won't start
- A grinding or whining noise
- The smell of burning rubber caused by a slipped alternator pulley
As soon as you notice any of the signs listed above, we invite you to Goose Automotive for an inspection. If you ignore an alternator or electrical problem, you'll be left with a vehicle that won't start in the near future. Our experts will get to the bottom of the issue quickly and ensure that your alternator issue is fixed in a timely manner. Give us a call or stop by today!