Is your car having trouble starting? If so, you likely immediately think that you need a new battery, but is that really the case? The short answer is, it depends. While this type of car problem could point to a faulty battery, it could also be a bad alternator. It’s important to have both your battery and your alternator tested to ensure the problem is fixed properly. At St. Paul Automotive, we offer alternator testing to determine whether your battery is the problem or your alternator.
Beware of Recommendations from Big Auto Part Stores
The reality is that large auto part stores want to sell batteries. So, they may determine that your battery is low and ultimately try to sell you a new one, even if that’s not the root of your problem. Your alternator keeps your battery charged, so it could be that your battery is fine, but your alternator isn’t doing its job properly, which is preventing your battery from being able to be consistently charged. This is why alternator testing in St. Paul is so important. You don’t want to purchase a new battery from a big box part store only to realize that you then need to also purchase a new alternator.
At St. Paul Automotive, we’ll look at both your alternator and your battery to determine the problem. If you just need a new battery, that’s all we’ll recommend, but if you need a new alternator, we’ll happily offer that service as well.
Common Signs of a Faulty Alternator
Below are just a few of the common signs that your alternator may be on the fritz:
- Engine cuts off while driving – If your engine cuts off while you’re driving, it could be due to a faulty alternator.
- Electrical equipment issues – If you notice issues with electrical components in your car such as power seats or windows, it could be due to the fact that your alternator isn’t properly charging your car battery and needs to be replaced.
- Dim lights – If you notice your headlights are dimmer than normal at night, or your dome lights aren’t working properly, it may be due to an alternator problem.
- Service engine light – Some vehicles will illuminate the check engine light when an alternator problem arises.
Contact St. Paul Automotive to Schedule Alternator Testing in St. Paul
If you’re unsure whether your alternator is working properly, feel free to bring it in to St. Paul Automotive for alternator testing. We’ll give you an honest opinion on what we think needs to be repaired. We look forward to hearing from you soon! If you’d like to schedule an appointment ahead of time, give us a call today at (651) 298-0956.