Oceanside Auto Repair

Failing Alternator | Why Do I Need To Replace It?

An alternator helps recharge your vehicle’s battery while you drive. It also allows you to use all your car’s fun accessories such as your seat warmer, radio, sunroof, USB charger, and Bluetooth, as well as your necessary headlights. Typically, an alternator should last well over 100,000 miles. However, if your vehicle has a bad or failing alternator, this could leave you stranded, at any given moment, while on the road.

Common Alternator Symptoms

The most common symptoms of a failing alternator include your car not starting, the engine stalling, and/or various electrical issues occurring. We have all heard stories of customer’s saying how their car died while at a stop light or even worse, “My Car Shut Off While Driving.’ Essentially, when your alternator fails, there will eventually be no power leftover to replenish the car’s electrical system while you drive.

Schedule A Service

Well, if you are near Oceanside California, we can help! Give us a call today and we can assist you by testing your vehicle’s charging and electrical systems. Additionally, many local auto parts stores such as AutoZone, O’Reilly, and NAPA, will also offer to test your vehicle’s battery and alternator to see if they are failing.

We would recommend contacting a professional auto repair shop nearby for a test before you start spending money on parts. Unfortunately, sometimes the issues you are experiencing could originate from a similar but very different problem.


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