When your vehicle’s alternator fails, it can be difficult for some mechanics to identify and diagnose the problem. Unfortunately, because the alternator is just one component of your vehicle’s electrical system, it’s only one piece of the electrical puzzle that could be to blame when something in your electrical system goes wrong. Whether it’s your lights, your battery, your radio, your windshield wipers, or any other electronic mechanism in your car, if it’s failing, it could be caused by a failing alternator. If you think your alternator needs replacing, come have your vehicle inspected by the mechanics at St. Paul Automotive. Servicing the St. Paul and Minneapolis, Minnesota, area for more than 35 years, our mechanics have enough experience to find the problem with your alternator the first time.
Lighting Problems Caused by Alternator Failure
If you’re trying to identify the symptoms of alternator failure to figure out for yourself whether that’s what’s going on, a good place to start is to look at the brightness of your vehicle’s lights. If the lights are dimmer than usual, there’s some form of electrical problem, and it could be caused by a faulty alternator. Your dashboard lights, headlights, or overhead lights could all be dimmed by a failing alternator, and if this is the case, you’ll want to make sure you fix the problem before your lights stop working altogether.
How Does an Alternator Affect a Car Battery?
Another tell-tale sign of alternator failure could be problems with a vehicle’s battery. If you’re having trouble staring your vehicle, either hearing it labor when you start it or having it refuse to start altogether at times, there’s a good chance you have an alternator problem. However, that’s not always the case. It could be as simple as a weak or dying battery that needs replacing, or you could have a faulty starter. Like all components of your vehicle, the alternator works in tandem with other parts, including the battery and starter, to create electricity. When one of these components is damaged, the warning signs can be very similar for each part, so we pay careful attention to all of your vehicle’s warning signs, making sure we rule nothing out until we’re positive we know what we’re dealing with.
Preventing Alternator Failure
With proper maintenance, just like most vehicle components, drivers can help their alternators last longer through proper and frequent vehicle maintenance. By having your vehicle inspected, making sure that all of its parts are functioning properly, you can ensure that if anything is going to go wrong with your alternator, you’ll know about it before it happens, and you’ll be prepared when and if it does. So come to St. Paul Automotive today, and see what our mechanics can do to help you keep your alternator in good working order. Call our St. Paul, Minnesota shop today at (651) 298-0956 for service in the entire Twin Cities area.