Alternator Trouble: 7 Symptoms

Alternator Trouble: 7 Symptoms


Alternator Trouble: 7 SymptomsYour alternator juices up your battery. If it fails, your battery's power reserve could run dry and leave you stranded. At the first indication of alternator trouble, you'll want to be proactive about addressing the issue. Otherwise, you could find yourself unable to get moving down the road. Here's a look at six signs of a failing alternator.

Dead Battery

While it's of course to be expected that a battery will die at the end of its life cycle, if you recently installed a battery and it has died, then your alternator could be to blame---unless of course you left your headlights on!

Dashboard Indication

In many cases, the first indication of an alternator problem is the illumination of a dash light that reads GEN or ALT. In some vehicles, this light will turn on in the shape of a battery.

Dimming/Flickering Headlights

Your alternator supplies the power to your headlights. If it is faulty, then the lack of illumination could cause a significant safety hazard, especially if you drive on roads that don't have street lights.

Problems with Electrical Accessories

Alternator issues could lead to trouble with electrical accessories including your power windows, power seats, power locks, and radio.

Visual Clues

If you get under your hood and see that a belt is too loose, too tight, or cracked, then you may have located the source of your alternator trouble.

Stalling Out

To keep your pistons pumping dependably, you need a healthy alternator. If your alternator fails, you could find yourself stalled out and in need of assistance.

Burning Odor

A variety of problems can lead to a burning smell, with one possible culprit being a slipping alternator belt.

If you need auto repair, be sure to bring your vehicle to a reputable mechanic. For alternator replacement and electrical system repair in Belvidere, Cherry Valley, Machesney Park, and Rockford, IL, contact the experts at Integrity Auto Care at (815) 566-8357. Feel free to give Integrity Auto Care a call today to schedule an appointment for any of your vehicle's repair or maintenance needs!


Integrity Auto Care Belvidere Blog
Posted: July 30, 2020

Written and Published By MORBiZ