When you start your car, all of the warning lights on your dashboard should flash. They turn on to test the circuits, and then turn off if your vehicle doesn’t detect any problems. One of those lights looks like a car battery, and its purpose is to alert you if your battery isn’t charging properly.
Your battery’s job is to store enough electricity to power your ignition coil(s), which augment the battery’s power to turn your starter, doing the hefty job of getting your engine into motion. But once your engine is running, your alternator is responsible for generating enough electricity to keep it running and power electrical accessories such as your stereo, power seats, windows, air conditioning, ECU, and everything else. With a failing alternator, your battery won’t get enough power to start your engine again, your electrical accessories, as well as headlights and taillights, will start to lose power and stop working, and your car may even stall out while driving.
Alternators wear out over time. They are driven by your serpentine belt, which spins 2 to 3 times faster than the engine, putting a lot of stress on them. The bearings, as well as copper wire coils and magnets that generate electricity, will wear out over time.
A failing alternator will eventually, inevitably, leave you stranded and cost you expensive towing fees and a huge headache. You may even be late to or miss something important, causing you a lot of trouble and anxiety. Get a bad alternator replaced as soon as you can. Here at ExperTec Automotive Costa Mesa, our ASE certified technicians will install the right alternator for your car. We can also install more capable heavy duty alternators if you use a lot of electrical accessories in your vehicle or have something like a camper or RV! Call us today to figure out what’s right for you.