Alternator and Starter
Your vehicles alternator and starter can be a complex subject for some. This is why it is always better to leave repairs to a professional. Here at Beiter DC Power we can help solve your problem. We have a team of professionals who know how to diagnose and fix alternator and starter issues. If your vehicle is acting up and you believe it could be one of these two things causing the problem, give us a call.
Your vehicle is a complex piece of machinery and a lot goes into making it start and drive. If your vehicle is having issues starting, it could be a number of things, such as the battery, starter, alternator or other components that are a part of your starting and charging system. That is why it is important to have your vehicle inspected by a professional before you go replacing parts. If you are unsure of what is really happening to your car or truck, you could replace parts that are in good working condition.
Know Your System
Here is a brief rundown of the components in your starting and charging system. Once you understand what each component does, it will be easier for you to identify the potential issue.
The battery is responsible for supplying the power that is needed to start your engine. It also supplies power to all the electronic parts of your vehicle when it is not running. If you are having starting issues and your battery is more than 4 years old, you should have it tested to ensure the battery is still good.
Battery Cables & Terminals
The battery cables and terminals will deliver all the power to the electronics. If you are having a starting issue you should check these cables and terminals to ensure there is no corrosion and they are not loose.
The relay/solenoid allows the power to go to the starter from the battery. You will want to inspect this area to ensure it is not loose and is free of corrosion.
Accessory Drive Belt
Drives the alternator and any other pulley driven device. You should inspect for excessive wear, cracking and glazing. Ensure that there is proper tension and isn’t loose. When a belt is loose or worn, it can make a squealing noise.
The starter provides mechanical energy to start your engine. The starter can be tested by using an alternator/battery tester or voltmeter. If there is a clicking or grinding noise when you turn the key, this is an indication that the starter is bad.
The alternator charges the battery and powers the electronics while the engine is running. You can use an alternator/battery tester or voltmeter. If the alternator is dead, it will not hold any type of charge. You may notice the headlamps and interior lights are dim if the alternator is bad.
If you detect that you have an issue with your vehicles alternator and starter, give us a call or fill out the form below. We offer a repair service that can get you back on the road in no time.