A car’s alternator is essentially an electric generator that runs off the engine. The engine turns the alternator, creating electricity to charge the battery and run the car’s electric components when driving. Alternator service is typically a replacement. Repairs do not typically work for alternators, but it depends on the situation. Let our certified Nissan technicians inspect your alternator and diagnose the problem.
Alternators don’t go bad often, but like any part spinning with the force of a vehicle’s engine, an alternator can wear down over time and eventually break. There’s no way to predict when such an occurrence might happen, other than perhaps by the vehicle’s mileage, although an average figure for alternator life can wind up being wrong when applied to an individual car. With older cars, the way to know the alternator needed replacement was by checking if the battery went dead. New model cars have a light in the dashboard to indicate a problem in the electric system, indicating a need to test both the battery and the alternator. Other than simply wearing out with time, an alternator can be damaged in a traffic accident or fail to work properly if the serpentine belt has become loose or worn out.
If alternator repair isn’t conducted, the battery will go dead. At that point, the engine won’t run, leaving you stranded. Before the engine stops running, the lights will get dim and other electronic components won’t work properly, causing the vehicle to become an unsafe road hazard. The car won’t restart until the battery is recharged using an external power source, yet it will continue to wear out with each drive because the battery is only designed to start the car, not run all the systems once the engine is running.
For alternator service and others in Milwaukee and the nearby areas of Menomonee Falls, Brown Deer, Glendale, and Wauwatosa, WI, John Amato Hyundai of Milwaukee is your one-stop-shop. Our certified Hyundai technicians and full-service shop are capable of any maintenance or repairs your vehicle might need whether it serves as a personal daily driver or is part of a fleet of vehicles used for business purposes.