What Does an Alternator Do?

Car Alternator

Whether you’re scheduling repairs or you’re interested in learning more about your vehicle, you may be wondering, “what does an alternator do?” Your vehicle’s alternator sends power to the electrical system while it’s running on Lubbock streets. While the battery is essential in starting the car, the alternator acts as a generator that gets energy from the gas engine. Learn what to look for if you’re experiencing alternator problems, and explore how much is an alternator replacement. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact our team at Brown Honda of San Angelo.

Signs Your Alternator is Failing

When you’re Midland commutes aren’t as comfortable and smooth, it may be a sign your alternator is experiencing issues. Keep an eye out for these signs: 

  • 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

Diagnosing Issues with Alternator vs. Battery

Understanding what an alternator does can help diagnose your issues. Since the battery is the more notable power source, your battery may be blamed for problems with your alternator. The easiest way to identify where the error lies is to wait until your vehicle is unable to start and needs a jump-start. Once you’re able to start the vehicle, remove the jumper cables. If the vehicle dies immediately, the problem lies with your alternator. Easily schedule your service online to have a certified technician address your repairs. 

The Alternator Lifespan

Typically, an alternator can last between 80,000 and 150,000 miles or around seven years. However, a number of factors can cause the alternator lifespan to shorten:

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

How Much Is an Alternator?

There’s no true answer to “how much is an alternator?” because of various alternators used in vehicles around Odessa. The best bet to find out how much your repair can cost is to call Brown Honda of San Angelo for a free quote at 325-949-7000. Our parts center keeps a variety of alternators for your Honda on hand, and our talented technicians are ready to install your part correctly. 

Schedule Service with Brown Honda of San Angelo! 

Whether you’re taking on alternator repairs yourself or need to schedule service, turn to the team at Brown Honda of San Angelo. Find ways to save on your next service with our available service specials. Then, learn more about vehicle service and DIY car care tips with our other service guides


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