What Does an Alternator Do?

Car Alternator


There are many different components in your vehicle that allows it to provide you with a smooth and enjoyable Pekin commute. Most vehicles with a standard internal combustion engine often have a battery and an alternator. But, what does an alternator do? Although many drivers may think that their battery power’s their vehicle, that’s simply not the case.

Simply put, your alternator acts as a generator to power your vehicle’s electrical system using the engine as its source of energy. The alternator is a vital component of your vehicle’s electrical system, and it’s important that you regularly have it inspected. Find out more about your vehicle’s alternator today with the service professionals from Sam Leman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT Morton!

What Does an Alternator Do When It’s Starting to Fail?

If your alternator fails while you’re driving around Washington, you could end up being stranded on the side of the road. That’s why it’s important that you watch for some warning signs so that you schedule a service appointment immediately before it completely fails on you.

Most alternators can last around 80,000 to 150,000 miles or seven years. However, this can vary depending on your driving habits. Let’s take a look at some warning signs you might notice when your alternator begins to fail:

  • Illuminated battery warning indicator
  • Dim interior/exterior lights
  • Vehicle electronics malfunctioning
  • Whining/screeching noise on startup
  • Burning rubber smell from the engine
  • Failure to start

Bad Alternator vs. Bad Battery

Before you begin to wonder, “How much is an alternator?”, it’s a good idea to confirm first if it’s actually your alternator that needs to be replaced. Sometimes, the symptoms of a bad battery and a bad alternator can be similar, so it may be hard to identify what might actually be going on if you’re not sure what to look for.

The next time your vehicle doesn’t start on your East Peoria adventures, jump-start your vehicle. After your vehicle has started, remove the jumper cables. If the vehicle dies immediately, you most likely have a bad alternator. Of course, it’s always best to check with service professionals if you’re not sure what might be going on with your vehicle.

How Much Is an Alternator?

We often get asked, “How much is an alternator?”, and the truth is that the answer depends. Different models utilize different alternators, so the cost can be hard to narrow down. However, you’re more than welcome to speak with one of our team members for specifics on an alternator replacement, and we can narrow down how much your alternator might cost.

Replace Your Alternator Today at Sam Leman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT Morton!

Need help with an alternator replacement? We’re more than happy to help at Sam Leman Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram FIAT Morton. Our service center in Morton has the expertise and tools to help you get back on the road in no time. If you’re looking for professional service and a team you can trust, contact us today to schedule maintenance!

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