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Toledo Auto Care

4544 Monroe St
Toledo, OH 43613

If your car is getting hard to start, your first thought maybe that the battery is dying or that the car starter is going bad. Or, you may wonder what are the symptoms of a bad alternator? The starter system was designed for repetitious use under a variety of weather and road conditions. However, just as with any other components and systems of your vehicle, normal wear and tear, extreme weather and road conditions, or poor maintenance can all create problems in the starting system.

So what are the symptoms of a bad alternator? How long an alternator lasts is determined largely by its quality, how the car is driven, and how many electronic accessories are being used. The hard part is that the alternator can die with little or no warning. However, there are some warnings that will alert you when the alternator is going bad.

  1. The "ALT" or "GEN" light illuminates on the instrument panel.
  2. The lights are dimmer than usual and may pulsate from dim to bright.
  3. Other electrical accessories, such as power windows, power locks, air conditioning, radio, GPS, etc., will not function properly.
  4. Bearings in the engine may fail, creating unusual rattles.
  5. The engine will stall because there is not enough power in the spark plugs to start the engine or to keep it running.
  6. The battery will die because the alternator can’t keep it charged.

There are several things that can damage an alternator:

  • The jumper cables are used wrong,
  • The charging system is overloaded with too many accessories,
  • Fluid leaks, or
  • Bearings damaged by a tight belt.

A word of advice: Before having any one part of the starter system replaced, have all three components (alternator, battery, and car starter) checked out to determine which one is the cause of your starting problem.

Wondering what are the symptoms of a bad alternator? Contact our ASE Certified Technicians at Toledo Auto Care—Monroe Street for more information about car starters, alternators, and batteries, and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop is proud to serve vehicle owners in Toledo, OH, and the surrounding areas.

If your car is getting hard to start, you may be wondering if the car starter is bad. you may need to know more about what are the symptoms of a bad alternator.

If your car is getting hard to start, your first thought maybe that the battery is dying or that the car starter is going bad. Or, you may wonder what are the symptoms of a bad alternator? The starter system was designed for repetitious use under a variety of weather and road conditions. However, just as with any other components and systems of your vehicle, normal wear and tear, extreme weather and road conditions, or poor maintenance can all create problems in the starting system.

So what are the symptoms of a bad alternator? How long an alternator lasts is determined largely by its quality, how the car is driven, and how many electronic accessories are being used. The hard part is that the alternator can die with little or no warning. However, there are some warnings that will alert you when the alternator is going bad.

  1. The "ALT" or "GEN" light illuminates on the instrument panel.
  2. The lights are dimmer than usual and may pulsate from dim to bright.
  3. Other electrical accessories, such as power windows, power locks, air conditioning, radio, GPS, etc., will not function properly.
  4. Bearings in the engine may fail, creating unusual rattles.
  5. The engine will stall because there is not enough power in the spark plugs to start the engine or to keep it running.
  6. The battery will die because the alternator can’t keep it charged.

There are several things that can damage an alternator:

  • The jumper cables are used wrong,
  • The charging system is overloaded with too many accessories,
  • Fluid leaks, or
  • Bearings damaged by a tight belt.

A word of advice: Before having any one part of the starter system replaced, have all three components (alternator, battery, and car starter) checked out to determine which one is the cause of your starting problem.

Wondering what are the symptoms of a bad alternator? Contact our ASE Certified Technicians at Toledo Auto Care—Monroe Street for more information about car starters, alternators, and batteries, and to schedule an appointment. Our auto shop is proud to serve vehicle owners in Toledo, OH, and the surrounding areas.

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Toledo Auto Care - Monroe St$$$4544 Monroe St, Toledo, OH 43613419-479-7350serviceneeded@toledoautocare.com
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