Three Signs That Your Alternator Is Failing

July 30, 2020 3:33 pm Published by

Your vehicle is a miraculous culmination of modern technology all working in harmony. From the moment you put your key in the ignition until you park your car at your destination, dozens of individual systems and hundreds of moving components will work in synchrony to keep your vehicle stable, comfortable, and working efficiently. One of the first components that kicks on is your alternator. Your alternator works in tandem with your battery to ensure that the rest of your vehicles’ electrical systems are charged and receiving the proper voltage of power. Your alternator is extremely important, and if yours begins to fail, you could notice some serious issues start to emerge in your vehicle. If you would like to learn more about alternators and how to safely and efficiently change your old system, come into your local U Pull And Pay today. Our team of DIY experts will make sure that you leave our shops with all the tools, parts, and tips you need to tackle any DIY projects that you have. Here are three signs that your alternator could be failing.

Dim or Flickering Headlights

As we previously covered, your alternator is imperative for your electrical systems and how well they function. Some of the most noticeable and visual depictions of your overall electrical system are your headlights. A sure sign that your alternator is on the fritz or starting to die is if you notice your headlights fading or flickering in and out. A strong and healthy alternator will have no problem keeping your headlights and the same lumen output no matter how fast or slow you drive. You will also be able to see this dimming or flickering in your lights and gauges on your dashboard as well.

Whining and Grinding Sounds

A healthy alternator will make almost no noise as it is running and will never be audible over the normal noise of your engine. If your alternator is failing, you could hear a few abnormal noises. If you hear a small rattling or grinding sound when your engine is running, this could be caused by a loose bearing in your alternator. Conversely, if you hear a constant high whine while you are driving, this is usually a sign that your alternator is failing to distribute the necessary power throughout your vehicle.

Trouble Starting your Vehicle

No one likes hearing their car struggling to rev up and run. This difficulty in starting up your car can be caused by a wide variety of options, but is usually tied to your battery failing in one way, shape, or form. If you have already ruled out your battery as a culprit for this difficulty starting up, the next most viable option is your alternator.

Changing out your alternator is one of the most simple and easy DIY projects that you can take one. If you want to learn more or get all the parts you need in one place, come into your local U Pull And Pay today. Our expert staff will help you get everything you need and have you leaving feeling ready to tackle any project.



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This post was written by Jonathan Kling