Car Battery Problems
- Created: Tuesday, 14 April 2015 19:19
- Written by Mr. Car Guy
It all starts with a few problems that may seem minor. A warning light may flash on your dashboard or your headlights may seem dimmer; your gauges may flicker. You may notice an odd smell or even a growling noise coming from under your hood. It may sound like a case of demonic possession, but most likely it is just a problem with the alternator. Without attention, alternator problems can begin to cause you inconvenience ranging from slower starts to a dead car.
Alternators are relatively simple, but they play a critical role in the operation of your vehicle. An alternator is essentially responsible for turning the crankshaft’s mechanical rotational energy into electricity, which it then uses to power your car’s accessories, ranging from headlights to power windows to heated seats. The alternator also keeps the battery fully charged so that it maintains the power needed to start the car. Alternator failure almost certainly will not cause any other damage, but it can be a huge inconvenience for you if your car is failing to start at the time you need it most. A failing alternator may also place more strain on the battery and cause it to die faster.