When to Suspect Alternator Trouble

When to Suspect Alternator Trouble


Your vehicle's alternator juices up the battery. If it malfunctions, then your battery's power reserve could become depleted, potentially leaving you stranded. At the first indication of an alternator problem, you'll want to be proactive about addressing it. Here's a look at seven signs of a bad alternator.

Dead Battery

Generally, a battery's lifespan is about three years. If your battery dies well before that, then a faulty alternator could be to blame---unless of course you forgot to turn your headlights off!

Dashboard Indicator Light

Alternator trouble could be emerging if a dash light illuminates that reads ALT or GEN. In some cars, this light turns on in the shape of a little battery.

Belt Trouble

If you take a look under the hood and can tell that a belt is too tight, too loose, or cracked, then you may have spotted the source of your alternator issue.

Dimming/Flickering Headlights

Your alternator supplies power to your headlights. If it is faulty, then you could find yourself driving in the dark. This poses a significant safety hazard if you regularly drive on roads that aren't illuminated by streetlights.

Issues with Electrical Accessories

Alternator trouble can cause problems with various electrical accessories such as your power locks, power seats, and power windows.

Burning Smell

There are several automotive issues that can result in a burning odor, with one possibility being a slipping alternator belt.

Stalling Out

As you go about your daily driving routine, a healthy alternator plays an important role in keeping your pistons pumping dependably. If your alternator fails, you could find yourself stalled out and in need of assistance.

If you need auto repair, be sure to visit a reputable mechanic. For alternator replacement in Winston, Combee Settlement, and Lakeland, FL, contact the experts at Willie Automotive & Towing Service at (863) 777-5591. Willie Automotive also offers roadside assistance in Lakeland, FL. Feel free to give Willie Automotive a call today to schedule an appointment for any of your vehicle's repair or maintenance needs!


Willie Automotive & Towing Service Blog
August 31, 2020

Written and Published By MORBiZ