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Rotating electrical parts such as the alternator or starter often have to be replaced on older, high-mileage vehicles. The fuel injection process developed in recent years has helped prolong the service life of starters by allowing engines to start more quickly when they are cranked.  However, the higher electrical demands on charging systems have increased alternator problems.

So what should you do if you have starting problems? First, it helps to know what happens when the starter goes bad.The engine may crank too slowly for a quick start, or it may not crank the engine at all. Resistance within the starter itself, such as worn brushes, or grounds or opens in the armature or coil windings can cause excessive draw.Or loose bolts will make for a weak ground connection allowing the starter to flop around, slip, chatter or fail to engage depending on how loose it is.

But, fairly often, you may find that a starting problem is not the starter at all but a low battery or a loose or corroded battery cable connection. So ask your mechanic to check the battery charge and condition before replacing the starter. If the battery doesn’t take a charge, you need a new battery.

Secondly, it helps to know what happens when the alternator goes bad. The first sign of a failing alternator is a low or dead battery. You may see the warning light illuminate on your dashboard panel that looks like a battery. On newer vehicles, that may not only cause a no-start problem but can also cause the loss of “learned” data in the powertrain control module and other modules throughout the vehicle.

Ask your mechanic to check the alternator’s voltage and current output and for any alternating current leakage that would indicate bad diodes inside the alternator.If the alternator passes the test, the problem is not the alternator but something in the wiring or the charging system control circuitry. Problems with sensor inputs or a defect in the control module itself may prevent the alternator from charging the battery properly. A slipping drive belt is another common cause of undercharging, especially on older vehicles.

Even if you’re only having occasional starting problems, get the alternator and battery checked out as soon as possible before the problem gets worse and leaves you stranded or on the side of the road.

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

Do you know what happens when the starter goes bad? Be sure to test the alternator and car battery for your starting problems.

Rotating electrical parts such as the alternator or starter often have to be replaced on older, high-mileage vehicles. The fuel injection process developed in recent years has helped prolong the service life of starters by allowing engines to start more quickly when they are cranked.  However, the higher electrical demands on charging systems have increased alternator problems.

So what should you do if you have starting problems? First, it helps to know what happens when the starter goes bad.The engine may crank too slowly for a quick start, or it may not crank the engine at all. Resistance within the starter itself, such as worn brushes, or grounds or opens in the armature or coil windings can cause excessive draw.Or loose bolts will make for a weak ground connection allowing the starter to flop around, slip, chatter or fail to engage depending on how loose it is.

But, fairly often, you may find that a starting problem is not the starter at all but a low battery or a loose or corroded battery cable connection. So ask your mechanic to check the battery charge and condition before replacing the starter. If the battery doesn’t take a charge, you need a new battery.

Secondly, it helps to know what happens when the alternator goes bad. The first sign of a failing alternator is a low or dead battery. You may see the warning light illuminate on your dashboard panel that looks like a battery. On newer vehicles, that may not only cause a no-start problem but can also cause the loss of “learned” data in the powertrain control module and other modules throughout the vehicle.

Ask your mechanic to check the alternator’s voltage and current output and for any alternating current leakage that would indicate bad diodes inside the alternator.If the alternator passes the test, the problem is not the alternator but something in the wiring or the charging system control circuitry. Problems with sensor inputs or a defect in the control module itself may prevent the alternator from charging the battery properly. A slipping drive belt is another common cause of undercharging, especially on older vehicles.

Even if you’re only having occasional starting problems, get the alternator and battery checked out as soon as possible before the problem gets worse and leaves you stranded or on the side of the road.

Need to know more about alternator problems? Contact our ASE Certified technicians at Heights Car Care today for more information 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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