What does an Alternator do?
The alternator is an electrical device situated in the engine bay tasked with generating electricity to charge the battery of the car. It is coupled to the engine drive, meaning that when the engine is activated the alternator is actuated, in turn the battery is charged. It is vital that the alternator works effectively, seeing that the battery provides electricity to a range of components.
How do you know there is something wrong with the Alternator?
- When the battery warning light on the car's dashboard has lit up.
- When the battery does not charge.
- When the battery is flat.
- When the lights are not as bright as usual.
When should you consider an Alternator replacement?
Should you experience any problems like those listed above it is important to have the alternator inspected and, if necessary, have the alternator replaced. Always remember to service the alternator as and when stipulated in the manufacturer's guidelines. It is essential that the alternator is kept in tip-top condition, this should contribute to a prolonged and unproblematic alternator lifespan.
What happens during an Alternator Replacement?
- Mechanic will inspect the car's electrical systems.
- Mechanic will inspect the alternator's ancillaries (drive belt, cables etc.)
- Mechanic will test the voltage output of the alternator.
- If necessary, the mechanic will replace the alternator.
- Mechanic will advise if any other parts of the electric system need to be replaced.
- Mechanic will test the electric system and will test drive the car.
- Mechanic will make any adjustments if necessary.
How much does an Alternator Replacement cost?
The cost of an alternator replacement depends on your car and what parts your car's manufacturer recommends using for the replacement. Find out what you could save by having your alternator replaced by Clickmechanic, by selecting your car at the top of this page!