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When to Suspect a Failing Alternator

When to Suspect a Failing Alternator

When to Suspect a Failing AlternatorYour alternator juices up your battery. If it's faulty, then your battery's power reserve could run dry, which could then leave you stranded. At the first indication of alternator trouble, you'll want to be proactive about addressing the issue. Here's a look at six signs of a failing alternator.

Dashboard Indicator Light

If a light turns on that reads GEN or ALT, then alternator trouble could be brewing. In some vehicles, this light illuminates in the shape of a battery.

Dead Battery

While it's to be expected that a battery will die at the end of its life expectancy, there's cause for concern if you've recently installed a new battery and it has died---unless you left your headlights on!

Dimming/Flickering Headlights

Your alternator provides power to your headlights. So if it fails, then you could find yourself trying to navigate darkened roads. This is particularly concerning if you have to drive on roads that don't have streetlights.

Problems with Electrical Accessories

A faulty alternator can lead to trouble with electrical accessories including your power seats, power windows, power locks, and radio.

Belt Trouble

If you get under your hood and notice that a belt is too loose, too tight, or cracked, then you may have identified what is causing your alternator trouble.

Stalling Out

As you cruise down the road, a healthy alternator helps to keep your pistons pumping dependably. A failing alternator can cause your vehicle to stall out, putting you in a difficult position where assistance will likely be needed.

Burning Odor

A variety of automotive problems can cause a burning smell, with one potential culprit being alternator belt slippage.

If you need auto repair, be sure to visit a reputable mechanic. For alternator replacement in Kirby, Leon Valley, and San Antonio, TX, contact the experts at Diesel and Gas Garage at (210) 760-3133. Feel free to give Diesel and Gas Garage a call today to schedule an appointment for any of your repair or maintenance needs! Diesel and Gas Garage also offers truck and trailer storage in San Antonio!

Posted: August 08, 2020