Importance of your Vehicle’s Alternator

When it is working like it should, your car’s alternator goes unnoticed. Alternators, like all other automobile components, can wear out over time, though the alternator tends to be one of your car’s most reliable components. It is a vitally important component of your vehicle because it delivers the charge to your battery and powers other electrical systems. Without a fully functioning alternator, your car can stop functioning the way you need it to, and this can happen at extremely inconvenient moments, when you need your car the most. St. Paul Automotive can diagnose an alternator problem and complete the necessary repairs (or replacement) so that you can get back on the road.

Signs that your Alternator may be Failing

Because your alternator is associated with so many other components of your vehicle, there are multiple signs that it could be failing. These signs may not always clear or obvious, however, so proper maintenance must be performed to ensure that it does cause your vehicle to shut down at an inopportune time. If your headlights seem to shine less brightly over time, or if your dashboard lights appear dimmer than usual, this could indicate a problem with your alternator. If your car hesitates to start, that may also indicate an issue with your alternator. These problems could be related to a battery or even your starter, it is important to bring your car to St. Paul Automotive when there are any signs of your vehicle systems failing.

St. Paul Automotive’s Expertise

Our mechanics are trained to solve all types of problems with our automobiles. Issues with alternators are a good example of problems that require the training and expertise that our technicians bring. Issues that impact electrical systems in your car can be difficult to identify. For example, you may notice that your vehicle’s dome light no longer works at the same time you realize that your dashboard lights are shining more dimly than normal. It could be the alternator showing signs of failure, but it might also be that your dome light just burned out, your dashboard’s illumination dial has been turned down, and your headlights require cleaning. Our team can diagnose complex problems as well as the simple ones and we will be up front and honest about our assessment of your vehicle. You can trust St. Paul Automotive with your alternator repair.

If you have any questions, call us at (651) 298-0956 or stop by our auto repair shop on Randolph Ave.

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