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You may be needing to know more about your vehicle's charging system if you are having starting problems.  The charging system is made up of three major components: the battery, the voltage regulator and an alternator. The alternator works with the battery to generate power for the electrical components of a vehicle, like an instrument panel and the interior and exterior lights.

Some early model vehicles used a separate drive belt from the crankshaft pulley to the alternator pulley, but most cars today have a serpentine belt or one belt that drives all components that rely on crankshaft power. The electricity is channeled into the battery, providing voltage to run the various electrical systems.

With so many components working to create the electricity vital for our vehicles, it's safe to say the alternator is a crucial component under the hood. But like many parts on our cars, they fail. A failing alternator will kill a battery and ruin your day.

But what causes a bad alternator in the first place? Alternators have moving parts, get dirty and are subject to stress from heat and cold. As a result, the internal parts gradually wear out. One common cause of a failing alternator is bearing failure. When the bearings fail, the rotor will not spin efficiently and can eventually seize. Usually, an alternator with bearings failure makes a loud grinding noise.

A bad alternator will ruin a good battery if you don't take care of it quickly. Batteries can only be recharged so many times before they'll lose their ability to hold a charge. For the most part, if the battery isn't relatively old, it should survive. But an older battery that is constantly drained and charged, drained and charged will have a shorter life span than a battery operated under normal conditions.

Before you decide you need to yank the alternator and replace it, make sure you check the serpentine belt. If the belt is worn or loose, the alternator won't function properly.

Need to know more about what causes a bad alternator? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Heights Car Care today for more information about alternators, starters, and batteries, and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in the community of Heights, Billings, MT, and the surrounding area.

Are you wondering what causes a bad alternator because of experiencing starting problems. Ask your mechanic at Heights Car Care if the issue is the starter.
21
Jan
2019

You may be needing to know more about your vehicle's charging system if you are having starting problems.  The charging system is made up of three major components: the battery, the voltage regulator and an alternator. The alternator works with the battery to generate power for the electrical components of a vehicle, like an instrument panel and the interior and exterior lights.

Some early model vehicles used a separate drive belt from the crankshaft pulley to the alternator pulley, but most cars today have a serpentine belt or one belt that drives all components that rely on crankshaft power. The electricity is channeled into the battery, providing voltage to run the various electrical systems.

With so many components working to create the electricity vital for our vehicles, it's safe to say the alternator is a crucial component under the hood. But like many parts on our cars, they fail. A failing alternator will kill a battery and ruin your day.

But what causes a bad alternator in the first place? Alternators have moving parts, get dirty and are subject to stress from heat and cold. As a result, the internal parts gradually wear out. One common cause of a failing alternator is bearing failure. When the bearings fail, the rotor will not spin efficiently and can eventually seize. Usually, an alternator with bearings failure makes a loud grinding noise.

A bad alternator will ruin a good battery if you don't take care of it quickly. Batteries can only be recharged so many times before they'll lose their ability to hold a charge. For the most part, if the battery isn't relatively old, it should survive. But an older battery that is constantly drained and charged, drained and charged will have a shorter life span than a battery operated under normal conditions.

Before you decide you need to yank the alternator and replace it, make sure you check the serpentine belt. If the belt is worn or loose, the alternator won't function properly.

Need to know more about what causes a bad alternator? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Heights Car Care today for more information about alternators, starters, and batteries, and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop proudly serves residents in the community of Heights, Billings, MT, and the surrounding area.

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