When you step into your vehicle you want to know your engine is going to start every time. While many people attribute this to the power in the battery—which is true—this process is a bit more complicated. The alternator is the key part of this equation. Without the alternator, the batter would not have the power to start the ignition and bring your car to life.
When you begin to experience issues with your alternator it can be a bigger deal than you may think. Not only will this cause your vehicle to possibly not start, but the vehicle could stall or die while you are driving it. You could also start to experience various electrical issues. To keep this from happening, it is important to pay attention to the signs of a dying alternator so you can have it replaced at a Boucher Auto Group service center near you.
There are many signs that come with a dying alternator. Unfortunately, these signs sometimes get mixed up with other car parts, such as the battery or ignition. It is important to take your vehicle to a mechanic to have it looked over if you experience issues starting your vehicle or various accessories are malfunctioning. Strange noises such as whining or growling may be coming from under the hood. The alternator is located at the front of the engine with belts around it. If the sound appears to be coming from the softball-sized part, it is likely the alternator is having the issues. You may also experience issues with dim/bright lights, the battery warning light coming on the dash, or the smell of burning rubber permeating the air.
If you believe you are having issues with your alternator, do not wait. It is important to have a trained technician take a look at your vehicle so you do not risk a dead alternator. There is nothing worse than waking up to discover your vehicle cannot start. With over a dozen locations in the southern Wisconsin area, there is sure to be a Boucher Auto Group service center that is perfect for you and your vehicle. Click on the link below to view our service center locations and book an appointment today!