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What Is An Alternator?

Without an alternator, the battery and the rest of the vehicle’s electrical system would not be able to function. In fact, it could leave you stranded until you’re able to get it fixed. To avoid the major inconvenience of being stuck with a dead battery, please have your alternator checked and repaired when necessary. The team at Premier Automotive Service is always ready to help!


What Does the Alternator Do?

The alternator is an electrical system component that supplies electricity to the car battery. Since the battery is the part of a vehicle that is necessary to start your car and continue to run it, the alternator must do its part. Plus, the alternator powers your headlights, radio, GPS system, power seating, seat warmers, and more.


What Are Some Common Alternator Problems?

Most alternators require little to no maintenance, and they eventually wear out. However, their lifespan can shorten due to poor habits. Overloading your battery and the rest of the electrical system can cause excess wear and tear on all its components, including the alternator.


What Are the Signs of a Bad Alternator?

Knowing the signs of a failing alternator is extremely useful in preventing unwanted breakdowns. First and foremost, you should keep an eye out on the dashboard for the electrical system warning light. Another sign you should catch early on is if any electrical accessories malfunction. For example, if your headlights are dim or flickering, please have a mechanic check the alternator. Last but not least, a burning rubber smell is a clear indication that your alternator is malfunctioning.

If you experience any of the above symptoms, please bring your vehicle to Premier Automotive Service for an alternator inspection. We will test all electrical components to see if the alternator is the one causing the problems. Feel free to give us a call if you have any questions or concerns.

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