What Does Your Alternator Do?

If your car continuously needs a battery jump or you find that your headlights or dash lights are dimming, then you may need to have your alternator checked. The alternator is a part of your car’s electrical system and is what feeds energy to the battery, lights, doors, and windows.

Signs of a Faulty Alternator

Your car's dashboard lights should indicate if your battery or alternator is working correctly. Your vehicle could lose power while you’re driving, which could result in a severe road hazard. Once your alternator dies, your car may not restart and require a tow. Replacing an alternator is more complicated than replacing a battery or changing a tire and not something you do on the side of the road.

If you notice problems with your electrical system, take your car to a professional to have it checked. Local auto retailers can test your alternator’s performance for free and make recommendations. Review the vehicle manual for alternator information and keep a record of vehicle maintenance. Preventive maintenance will keep you on the road safely and keep your vehicle running smoothly.

 

 

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