What Does an Alternator Do?

Car Alternator

It’s a crucial part of your car’s ignition system, but just what does an alternator do? After the battery starts the engine, it’s the alternator that keeps it running. If the alternator isn’t working properly, you may experience problems with your car’s ignition and electrical systems or have trouble starting the engine. If that happens, you may need to replace the alternator. So how much is an alternator if you need a new one? Read the guide below from the Metro Toyota service department to learn more about alternator service and pricing in Cleveland.

Alternator vs. Battery Problems

Battery problems and alternator problems can be hard to tell apart, but there are a few things to keep in mind as you troubleshoot. So what does an alternator do other than keep your car’s engine running? Both the battery and the alternator are part of your vehicle’s electrical system, which provides power to all electrical components. Low battery power and a faulty alternator can both cause the following problems while you’re on the road in Parma:

  • The vehicle is reluctant to start, or fails to start at all.
  • Electronic devices fail to charge inside your car.
  • A burning rubber smell emanates from under the hood.
  • After starting the engine, you hear a whining or screeching noise.
  • Headlights and interior lights are lit dimly.
  • The “battery” dash warning is lit up.

So how can you tell if the problem lies with the battery or the alternator? Try a jump-start: if your car dies right after receiving a jump, then it’s time to replace your alternator. If the jump works but your battery gradually loses power afterwards, you probably need Toyota battery service.

How Much Is an Alternator If I Need a Replacement?

If you’re dealing with alternator problems, you’ll need to order a replacement alternator and schedule service to install it. So how much is an alternator expected to cost in Brunswick? Pricing will vary depending on your make and model, so check your owner’s manual. Once you know what you need, order your new alternator and contact the service center at Metro Toyota.

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