Alternator Replacement Chicago – Triangle Radiator – 4060 North Elston Avenue

Alternators are not the most complex of your vehicle’s mechanical parts. They are a form of generator that produces an alternating current. Inside your alternator is at least one spool of copper that’s usually called the “coil” along with magnets that are often referred to as “brushes.” The brushes turn on an axle and brush against the copper in order to produce an electric charge. The charge is then directed through numerous electrical components such as a voltage regulator and a rectifier bridge. It then moves outwards toward the battery through a terminal positioned on the back of the unit’s casing. Another terminal draws in a small amount of electricity from the vehicle’s battery so the alternator keeps functioning. The battery basically provides the alternator with electricity to start functioning while the alternator maintains a steady flow of electricity going back into the battery so it stays charged.

Alternator Replacement Chicago

Alternator Replacement Chicago

With this post, we’ll take a look at some of the most common indicators of a failing alternator that most drivers will easily notice. Since a vehicle with a failing alternator will usually not start, the situation can be confused with a failing battery or starter. The signs on the list here will help inform you on how to know when the alternator is probable the source of the problem and you’re probably ready for Alternator Replacement Chicago.

Trouble starting. If your vehicle is simply having problems getting started it’s very possible that your alternator is wearing down. In this case, it’s probable that some of the brushes in the alternator are not able to sufficiently reach the coil at each point where it is supposed to or the voltage regulator is not functioning correctly.

Dim accessory lights. When you start up your car, SUV or truck and observe that the dashboard lights, dome light, headlights or radio lights appear to be get dimmer when you’re turning the key, it can be an indicator that your vehicle’s alternator is not capable of handling the electrical load. Similarly, your accessory lights can also get dimmer as you press on the accelerator in this situation.

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Dead battery. If you discover that your vehicle’s battery is continually dying or your vehicle is not able to start right away every time, it’s recommended that you bring it in to our facility to have our service technicians check out alternator if your batter has been tested recently and passed. Failing to start could happen when the alternator is unable to recharge the battery. If your vehicle’s battery becomes drained and requires a jump start more than a few times per week it might eventually ruin the battery. Rather than taking that risk, schedule your vehicle for service and possible Alternator Replacement Chicago at Triangle Radiators.

Burning rubber odor. This sign is not quite as common as the others we’ve listed here. If your vehicle’s alternator belt is not able to rotate without problems on the pulleys, it can produce friction and cause the belt to heat up a lot. When this takes place and if the belt gets hot enough is when you’re likely to detect the burning rubber odor.

Grinding or squealing noises. If you begin to hear strange sounds coming from your alternator, don’t hesitate to call us and schedule Alternator Replacement Chicago. Grinding sounds can be caused by a broken or worn-out bearing. If you hear a whining sound, it’s probably caused by the voltage regulator signaling the alternator to charge more than it ought to be at that time. Or, it might be that the vehicle’s battery is not directing sufficient electricity into the alternator. Either way, if you hear strange sounds it’s wise to bring your vehicle to the experts for service.

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