Some car troubles spring up quickly. Others give you some warning. The alternator is one of those vehicle components that usually provides some warning signs before giving out, and that can keep you from getting stuck someplace inconvenient. However, you have to know what to look for. That’s why alternator problems come as a surprise to most car owners. Here are 3 things to look for.
#1 Dimming Lights
The primary function of the alternator is to help your battery maintain its charge. If this isn’t working properly, the engine may begin to lose power while driving. One of the key signs that the alternator is not charging the battery properly is dimmed lights. The headlights or interior lights of the vehicle may dim periodically or stay dimmer than usual.
#2 Warning Lights
Modern cars have dashboard warning lights for just about everything. The little battery shaped light doesn’t mean your battery suddenly died. You need your battery for that light to come on. It usually means there is a problem with the alternator. The battery may be growing weak because the alternator isn’t helping it charge properly
#3 Signs of Low Power
There are also other indicators that your car is suffering from a lack of power. Electric windows may open and close slower than before. A power seat may move slowly. Basically, the electrical components all seem underpowered. Once the car begins to lose power, it won’t be long before the alternator gives way completely. That means even a fully charged battery won’t be enough to keep the car running.
Help for Alternator Problems and Other Car Electrical Issues
The electrical systems of a car are becoming more and more complicated. To know for sure if your alternator is struggling, you can have it tested. It’s better to catch an alternator while it is taking its last few gasps than to end up stuck somewhere. MR Auto SD is your source for car electrical repairs and testing. To schedule an appointment, call (858) 455-8222.