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Common Signs Indicating Alternator Failure

 Common Signs Indicating Alternator Failure

If your car’s alternator does not operate as it should, then the power of your battery becomes liable to run dry, which could leave you stranded. The alternator plays an important part in getting your car to fire up, as well as allowing you to keep driving down the road. Here are 6 signs that indicate a potential alternator failure.

Dashboard Indication

If your vehicle detects trouble with your alternator, the letters ALT or GEN, on the dashboard, will become illuminated. The light could also be in the shape of a small battery. Usually, this is the first indication of an alternator problem.

Dead Battery

It’s quite normal for a battery to die as it approaches the end of its life cycle. However, if yours is new or newish, and has died, then the issue might be with the alternator.

Failure of Electrical Accessories

A faulty alternator could lead to issues with other electrical accessories, such as power windows, radio, and power seats.

Flickering/Dimming Headlights

Your headlights are juiced up by the alternator. If it goes bad while you are driving on roads that have no street lamps, then you might end up navigating your way in the dark.

Burning Smell

Numerous automotive problems can cause a burning smell, with one potentially being alternator belt slippage.

Stalling Out

To keep your pistons pumping the way they are supposed to, it’s important to keep your alternator healthy.


If you need an alternator replacement or other electrical repair, make sure you get in touch with your local auto repair center and get it fixed right away.

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