What are common symptoms of alternator trouble?

What are common symptoms of alternator trouble?


A properly functioning alternator serves a central role in getting your vehicle to dependably fire up and chug down the road. When there's an issue with the alternator, the battery's power reserve is liable to become depleted to the point that your engine stalls out. At Red Rock Auto Center, our local mechanics are experts at identifying alternator and auto electric problems. Once the issue is diagnosed, we'll work efficiently to complete the repairs so you can get back behind the wheel as soon as possible.

Warning Signs of Alternator Failure

In many cases, the first sign of an alternator problem is a dashboard warning light. Usually, this light reads GEN or ALT, but sometimes is instead in the shape of a little battery. Anytime a dashboard warning light illuminates, it's a good idea to get to the shop so the underlying issue can be pinpointed and addressed before it escalates and costs more to fix. Another common sign of alternator trouble is a dead battery. New car batteries should last for a minimum of three years. If yours dies sooner and not because of something obvious like leaving your lights on, then you may be dealing with a faulty alternator.

A malfunctioning alternator can also cause issues with electrical accessories. Today's vehicle's commonly have computers that are capable of determining which electrical accessories should get their power reduced when there's an issue with the alternator. This way, power is prioritized for the vehicle's most essential electrical needs. However, this could lead to problems with accessories such as the radio or power seats. A bad alternator can also lead to trouble with headlights. When a failing alternator causes headlights to flicker or dim, your safety could become jeopardized, particularly if trying to navigate unlit roads at night. Your safety could also be compromised by a faulty alternator if an insufficient amount of power is directed to your spark plugs, consequently causing your car to stall out in traffic.

Alternator Replacement & Auto Electric Repair in Sedona, AZ

When you need auto repair, contact Red Rock Auto Center at (928) 451-7431. At our local auto shop, we can conduct any type of repair or maintenance that your vehicle needs. Feel free to give us a call today to schedule an appointment!


Red Rock Auto Center Blog
Posted: July 25, 2021

Written and Published By MORBiZ