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Big Lake Automotive

19868 172nd St NW
Big Lake, MN 55309

Are you having trouble starting your car because there doesn’t seem to be any power getting to the starter? This could mean there may be problems developing in the auto electrical system. Head to your auto shop and let them determine if your starting problems are caused by a bad starter, a dying battery, or a failing alternator, or battery. Don’t wait too long before scheduling an auto electrical repair service on the various components to determine the cause of your problem. If the battery and starter seem to be in good condition, you may be left wondering just what is the lifespan of an alternator and should it be replaced?

There are several things that can ruin an alternator, such as:

  • Putting on jumper cables on the battery when jumpstarting the engine,
  • Overloading the charging system with too many accessories,
  • Fluid leaking out, or
  • Too tight belt resulting in damage to the bearing.

Just what is the lifespan of an alternator, you ask? Although there is no set service interval for alternators, they can typically last about seven years or 100,000 to 150,000 miles. There are several issues that will affect how long an alternator will actually last—the quality of the alternator, the way in which the car is driven, and how many electronics are being used inside the car. It has been reported by some mechanics that they are replacing alternators at about 80,000 miles, and unfortunately, they can die with little or no warning.

You may end up with a car that refuses to start if you ignore the warning signs listed below:

  1. The "ALT" or "GEN" light illuminates on the instrument panel.
  2. The lights are dimmer than usual and may pulsate from dim to bright.
  3. Other electrical systems, such as power windows, power locks, air conditioning, radio, GPS, etc., may not work properly.
  4. Bearings in the engine may fail, creating unusual rattles.
  5. The engine will stall as there is not enough power in the spark plugs to start the engine or to keep it running.
  6. The battery will lose its charge because the alternator can’t keep it charged.

Remember: If your car is having starting problems, check out the alternator to make sure it is sending a charge to the battery and before spending money replacing the starter of the battery.

Wondering what is the lifespan of an alternator? 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.

If your car is not starting properly, you may be wondering what is the lifespan of the alternator and if you are needing auto electrical repair.

Are you having trouble starting your car because there doesn’t seem to be any power getting to the starter? This could mean there may be problems developing in the auto electrical system. Head to your auto shop and let them determine if your starting problems are caused by a bad starter, a dying battery, or a failing alternator, or battery. Don’t wait too long before scheduling an auto electrical repair service on the various components to determine the cause of your problem. If the battery and starter seem to be in good condition, you may be left wondering just what is the lifespan of an alternator and should it be replaced?

There are several things that can ruin an alternator, such as:

  • Putting on jumper cables on the battery when jumpstarting the engine,
  • Overloading the charging system with too many accessories,
  • Fluid leaking out, or
  • Too tight belt resulting in damage to the bearing.

Just what is the lifespan of an alternator, you ask? Although there is no set service interval for alternators, they can typically last about seven years or 100,000 to 150,000 miles. There are several issues that will affect how long an alternator will actually last—the quality of the alternator, the way in which the car is driven, and how many electronics are being used inside the car. It has been reported by some mechanics that they are replacing alternators at about 80,000 miles, and unfortunately, they can die with little or no warning.

You may end up with a car that refuses to start if you ignore the warning signs listed below:

  1. The "ALT" or "GEN" light illuminates on the instrument panel.
  2. The lights are dimmer than usual and may pulsate from dim to bright.
  3. Other electrical systems, such as power windows, power locks, air conditioning, radio, GPS, etc., may not work properly.
  4. Bearings in the engine may fail, creating unusual rattles.
  5. The engine will stall as there is not enough power in the spark plugs to start the engine or to keep it running.
  6. The battery will lose its charge because the alternator can’t keep it charged.

Remember: If your car is having starting problems, check out the alternator to make sure it is sending a charge to the battery and before spending money replacing the starter of the battery.

Wondering what is the lifespan of an alternator? 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.

Haley Krotz
Big Lake AutomotiveAuto Repair Shop in Big Lake, MN

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19868 172nd St NW, Big Lake, MN 55309763-263-0909service@biglakeautomotive.com
Mon:8:00am - 6:00pm
Tue:8:00am - 6:00pm
Wed:8:00am - 6:00pm
Thu:8:00am - 6:00pm
Fri:8:00am - 6:00pm
Sat:Closed
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