How to Tell If It’s a Battery or Alternator Issue Is your vehicle refusing to start? In most cases, starting problems are caused by either a dying or dead battery or a faulty alternator. Some of the most common signs of battery problems include:
- No sound or lights when you try to start your vehicle
- A clicking noise when you turn the key in the ignition
- An engine that turns over slowly
- Weaker headlights
- Needing to put your foot on the gas pedal in order to start the car
If you suspect that your battery is dead or dying, you should try jump-starting your vehicle. If your car starts, the battery is the culprit. You should have your battery tested to find out how much life it has left and to determine if the battery needs to be replaced.
If a jump-start doesn’t fix the problem, or if your car isn’t showing these symptoms, it’s possible that your issues are being caused by a bad alternator. Indicators of a faulty alternator include:
- Issues with your car’s electronics
- A car that stalls after it starts
- Whining noises from beneath the hood
- Burning smells
- Flickering headlights
- The alternator warning light turns on
If you’re experiencing these symptoms, and your vehicle doesn’t start or stalls after it’s jump-started, you could be having problems because your alternator is failing to recharge your battery. It’s best to bring your vehicle in for an alternator inspection so that your vehicle can be fixed before the problem gets any worse.
If the battery warning sign in your dashboard is lit up, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the problem lies with your battery. This light can also indicate that there’s an issue with your vehicle’s electrical system. If the voltage for your alternator falls below its intended capacity, the battery warning light will turn on.
Your car’s battery provides an electrical charge that allows your car to start. After your car has started, the alternator sends back electrical current, allowing your battery to charge while your car is running. Not only does this electricity start your car, but it also helps to power all of your vehicle’s electronics.
If your car won’t start, it’s important to figure out why. Whether you’re dealing with a battery or an alternator issue, fast action can keep your car running and can also help you to avoid costly damage. Absolute Car Care can inspect your vehicle and get to the bottom of the problem. For the average person, diagnosing which part of these two systems could be causing the problem can be difficult,The experts here at Vigor Auto Repair can help. Call now for an appointment 0544446353