Is the Alternator or Battery Causing My Starting Problems?

The most frequent causes of a car not starting are a worn-out or dead battery, frayed or corroded connection wires, a faulty alternator, or an issue with the starter. It can be difficult to determine whether a battery or alternator problem is present. Here's how to identify the offender.

Consider a failing battery, a loose or corroded connection, or an electrical draw if your car cranks slowly, starts inconsistently, is harder to start on chilly mornings, or doesn't make any sound or light up the interior when you try to start it. A low battery with terminal corrosion that is obvious is likely damaged. If a jumpstart is successful, a battery issue is present. However, you must also determine whether it is just nearing the end of its life or whether there are more serious problems. A malfunctioning alternator may be the cause of a dead or depleted battery.

No-starting and difficult starting, dimmer lights, and issues with sound system output are a few of the things to watch out for. If your car starts, but then stalls while you're driving, your alternator is definitely broken and your battery isn't getting charged. Your alternator bearings may be the cause of an engine squealing sound that gets worse while drains like the heating or sound system are on. Your alternator is probably failing if you hear a whine or if the sound becomes distorted when you press the gas pedal. Look for issues with the starter or other engine components if the car won't crank or ignite but the lights are still on.

Your battery may have suffered damage. The battery may have overheated as a result of overcharging because the alternator controls how much electric current is sent back to the battery during recharging. This can reduce its estimated lifespan and make it less dependable. If you are having alternator repairs done, inquire as to whether you require a replacement.

The alternator won't be harmed if the problem is with your battery. If you need a battery or alternator repair, we invite you to bring your vehicle to Torque Automotive LLC today!