Why Perform an Alternator Diagnosis Every 5 Years?
The alternator in your car is a generator of electric power and is a major component of your vehicle’s charging system. Whenever your engine is running, the alternator charges your battery and supplies additional electric power for the vehicle’s various electrical systems. An alternator is attached to the engine and is driven by a drive belt (also known as a serpentine belt).
The alternator is a maintenance-free unit. On average, an alternator can last for 8-12 years without any repairs. If an alternator fails, the car may still run on battery power alone, but will die as soon as the battery charge is depleted.
The most frequent symptom of a problem with your vehicle’s charging system is a battery-shaped warning light. Normally this warning light should come on when you turn the ignition, but should disappears as soon as the engine is started. If it stays on, there is a problem with your charging system. The charging system warning light doesn’t point directly to a failed alternator, although alternator problems are very common. You Otobot mechanic will need to do further testing to pinpoint the defective part. Sometimes when the alternator becomes weak, you may notice that your car’s headlights and dash lights become dim at idle, but get brighter at higher RPMs.
Schedule an appointment with an Otobots mechanic today for an alternator diagnosis!