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First of all, do you know what an alternator is and what it does? Simply stated, the alternator works in conjunction with the car battery. As the car runs, the alternator generates power and channels it to the battery which then provides voltage to run the electrical components of your vehicle, such as the instrument panel, the lights, radio, etc.

With so many accessories on today’s newer cars that draw on battery power, the alternator is a crucial component. But like many parts of our cars, they will wear out and eventually fail.

But what can cause an alternator to go bad? Alternators have moving parts that get dirty and are subject to stress from heat and cold. For example, when the bearings in the alternator wear out and start to fail, the rotor will not spin efficiently and can eventually stop altogether. You may start to hear a loud grinding noise if this happens.

However, before you decide to replace the alternator, ask your auto electrical repair technician to check the serpentine belt. If that belt is worn or loose, this will also cause the alternator to not function properly.

A bad alternator will ruin a good battery if you don't take care of it quickly. Batteries can only be recharged so many times before they lose the ability to hold a charge. If the battery is relatively new with a good charge, it should survive a failing alternator. But an older battery that is constantly drained and re-charged will have a shorter life span than a battery-operated under normal conditions.

Need to know more about what can cause an alternator to go bad? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Big Lake Automotive today for more information about auto electrical repair and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves the residents of Big Lake, MN, and surrounding areas.

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07
Dec
2019

First of all, do you know what an alternator is and what it does? Simply stated, the alternator works in conjunction with the car battery. As the car runs, the alternator generates power and channels it to the battery which then provides voltage to run the electrical components of your vehicle, such as the instrument panel, the lights, radio, etc.

With so many accessories on today’s newer cars that draw on battery power, the alternator is a crucial component. But like many parts of our cars, they will wear out and eventually fail.

But what can cause an alternator to go bad? Alternators have moving parts that get dirty and are subject to stress from heat and cold. For example, when the bearings in the alternator wear out and start to fail, the rotor will not spin efficiently and can eventually stop altogether. You may start to hear a loud grinding noise if this happens.

However, before you decide to replace the alternator, ask your auto electrical repair technician to check the serpentine belt. If that belt is worn or loose, this will also cause the alternator to not function properly.

A bad alternator will ruin a good battery if you don't take care of it quickly. Batteries can only be recharged so many times before they lose the ability to hold a charge. If the battery is relatively new with a good charge, it should survive a failing alternator. But an older battery that is constantly drained and re-charged will have a shorter life span than a battery-operated under normal conditions.

Need to know more about what can cause an alternator to go bad? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Big Lake Automotive today for more information about auto electrical repair and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves the residents of Big Lake, MN, and surrounding areas.

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