You've probably noticed a bunch of warning lights on your dash when you start your engine. They flash on to test the circuits and then go off if everything's OK. One of the warning lights looks like a car battery. Its job is to tell you if your battery's not charging properly.
You know that your battery stores electricity – enough to start your engine and get you moving. But that's about it – you can only get a few miles on battery power alone. You need an alternator to generate enough electricity to run your engine and power your electrical accessories like the stereo, power seats, heater fan, on-board computers, and so on. On top of that, the alternator needs to recharge your battery. So when your alternator isn't working properly, there isn't enough electricity for all of those things. When your alternator fails, you aren't going very far.
So why would your alternator not work? Usually they've simply worn out. Alternators are driven by your serpentine belt and spin 2 to 3 times faster than the engine – that's a lot of work. The bearings wear out, as do the cooper wire coils and magnets that generate the electricity.
There's no sense in hobbling along with an alternator that's not working properly. It will fail at some point and leave you stranded. Get a bad alternator replaced as soon as you can. Your service technician will install an alternator that meets your manufacturer's specifications. Some folks use a lot of additional electrical gizmos in the vehicle, like computers, DVD players, power inverters and such or may regularly tow a camp trailer that's battery recharges as you drive. If that sounds like you, talk with your service advisor about upgrading to a more heavy duty alternator to meet your needs.
To get an estimate on a repair contact Cook Automotive Repair at (248) 264-6338.
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After they took such great care of my parents vehicles I decided to take my car there and I now won't go anywhere els... MoreAfter they took such great care of my parents vehicles I decided to take my car there and I now won't go anywhere else for repairs. I have a decent amount of knowledge when it comes to my vehicle and I greatly appreciate how Austin talks me through what is wrong with the vehicles and gave me reasonable options for repairs. They have worked on several things on my vehicle and not once have I had to take it back due to reoccurring issues...unlike other places. I would recommend them to anyone.
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