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Heights Car Care

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Billings, MT 59105

If your car is getting hard to start, your car starter may be going bad or the battery could be dying. Head to your auto shop for an inspection to figure out the cause of the problem. If the starter or battery isn’t the culprit, you may wonder just how often do alternators need to be replaced?

Technically, the starter system was designed for repeated use under a variety of weather and road conditions. However, whether it’s normal wear and tear, extreme weather conditions, poor roads, or lack of maintenance, problems can develop. There are also other issues that can ruin an alternator, such as:

  • Using jumper cables wrong,
  • Overloading the charging system with too many accessories,
  • Leaking fluid, or
  • Bearings damaged by a tight belt.

You may be wondering what does the alternator do? The alternator (located on the engine) charges the battery that ignites the starter. The alternator also keeps the car running by continuously keeping the battery charged. When the alternator goes bad, the battery will eventually die, as it is not receiving a charge from the alternator.

Just how often do alternators need to be replaced, you ask? The answer to this question depends mainly on the quality of the alternator itself, how the car is driven, and how many electronic accessories are being used. One thing to understand about alternators is that they can fail with little or no warning. However, there are a few signs of a bad alternator that you should not ignore:

  1. "ALT" or "GEN" lights up on the instrument panel.
  2. The lights are dimmer than usual and may pulsate from dim to bright.
  3. The functions of the electrical systems, such as power windows and locks, air conditioning, radio, GPS, etc., will start to act up.
  4. Bearings in the engine may fail, creating unusual rattles.
  5. The engine will stall as there is not enough power in the spark plugs to start the engine or to keep it running.
  6. The battery will lose its charge because the alternator can’t keep it charged.

Remember: If you are noticing any of the signs above, have your car checked out by an auto repair specialist so you aren’t left stranded somewhere by a failing alternator or dead battery.

Wondering how often do alternators need to be replaced? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Heights Car Care today for more information about car starters, batteries, and alternators, and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in the community of Heights, Billings, MT, and the surrounding area.

If your car is getting hard to start, the car starter may be going bad. If that isn’t the problem, you may wonder how often should an alternator be replaced?

If your car is getting hard to start, your car starter may be going bad or the battery could be dying. Head to your auto shop for an inspection to figure out the cause of the problem. If the starter or battery isn’t the culprit, you may wonder just how often do alternators need to be replaced?

Technically, the starter system was designed for repeated use under a variety of weather and road conditions. However, whether it’s normal wear and tear, extreme weather conditions, poor roads, or lack of maintenance, problems can develop. There are also other issues that can ruin an alternator, such as:

  • Using jumper cables wrong,
  • Overloading the charging system with too many accessories,
  • Leaking fluid, or
  • Bearings damaged by a tight belt.

You may be wondering what does the alternator do? The alternator (located on the engine) charges the battery that ignites the starter. The alternator also keeps the car running by continuously keeping the battery charged. When the alternator goes bad, the battery will eventually die, as it is not receiving a charge from the alternator.

Just how often do alternators need to be replaced, you ask? The answer to this question depends mainly on the quality of the alternator itself, how the car is driven, and how many electronic accessories are being used. One thing to understand about alternators is that they can fail with little or no warning. However, there are a few signs of a bad alternator that you should not ignore:

  1. "ALT" or "GEN" lights up on the instrument panel.
  2. The lights are dimmer than usual and may pulsate from dim to bright.
  3. The functions of the electrical systems, such as power windows and locks, air conditioning, radio, GPS, etc., will start to act up.
  4. Bearings in the engine may fail, creating unusual rattles.
  5. The engine will stall as there is not enough power in the spark plugs to start the engine or to keep it running.
  6. The battery will lose its charge because the alternator can’t keep it charged.

Remember: If you are noticing any of the signs above, have your car checked out by an auto repair specialist so you aren’t left stranded somewhere by a failing alternator or dead battery.

Wondering how often do alternators need to be replaced? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Heights Car Care today for more information about car starters, batteries, and alternators, and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in the community of Heights, Billings, MT, and the surrounding area.

Joe Borgstrom
Heights Car CareAuto Repair Shop in Billings, MT

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