What Does an Alternator Do?

Many Douglas County drivers have the question, “what does an alternator do?” Scott Evans Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram has the answer you’re looking for! An alternator sends power to the car’s electrical system while the car is running. While many drivers think it’s the battery that solely powers the car, the battery only starts it. Ultimately, the alternator serves as a generator, using the gas engine as its source of power. Read on to learn more about the alternator, such as when to know its failing and how much an alternator costs, from the service team at Scott Evans Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram.

Signs of a Bad Alternator

If you’re worried that your alternator’s performance is faltering, check out the symptoms below that are indicators of a bad alternator. If your vehicle’s alternator is exhibiting any of these signs, visit our service center near Coweta County:

  • Battery warning light appearing on the dashboard
  • Dim headlights or interior lights
  • Burning rubber smell under the hood
  • Devices not charging
  • Whining or screeching sound after the vehicle has started
  • Unable to start

Differences Between a Failing Alternator vs. Battery

Drivers can oftentimes mistake a failing alternator for a failing battery. The best way to differentiate between the two is to wait until the vehicle can’t start and needs a jump. Once you jump-start the engine, remove the jumper cables after it starts. If the vehicle dies immediately, the problem may be the alternator. Have a certified technician examine your vehicle by scheduling a service appointment with Scott Evans Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram near Douglas County.

How Long Do Alternators Typically Last?

Most alternators last between 80,000 and 150,000 miles — or about seven years. However, there are some factors that may cause your alternator to fail prematurely:

  • Alternator quality
  • Driving conditions
  • Power drain on the alternator

How Much is an Alternator?

Since different vehicles mandate different alternators, it’s impossible to determine exactly how much your alternator will cost. However, you can contact Scott Evans Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram at 470-868-1738 to receive a free quote and we can help you find the proper part for your car. Additionally, we have expert technicians who have top-tier training and experience to install the alternator correctly.

Visit the Service Center at Scott Evans Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram for Maintenance

If you intend on replacing your alternator yourself, you can go online to order parts, reach out to the parts department at Scott Evans Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram. We can help you find the alternator your vehicle needs at a price that suits your budget, or our service team can take care of the job for you. Contact us if you have any questions, or simply stop by our service center near Villa Rica.

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