Starting problems are annoying and a major inconvenience for many drivers. Most people are quick to put the blame on their vehicle's battery and immediately grab their jumper cables. But, some car starting problems can also be at the fault of other parts like your alternator. Before examining your vehicle's warning signs, you need to know how these parts operate.
A car's electrical components go through a three-step process to start and run your engine. The battery brings a jolt of electricity to the starter. Once your engine gets going, it puts the alternator to work. Finally, the alternator's movements are responsible for charging the battery. As you can see, these parts ultimately rely on each other to function.
To determine which electrical component is at fault, you can closely examine the warning symptoms.
Dead Battery Symptoms
- Dim Dashboard Lights
- Battery Corrosion
- Battery Age (2-5+ Years)
- Car Doesn't Start (At All)
Failing Alternator Symptoms
- Dim interior lights
- Dim or overly lit headlights
- Growling sounds
- A smell of burning rubber
- Car may start and immediately proceed to stall out
Both these problems can be challenging to pinpoint as some of the symptoms can overlap with each other. For instance, your battery won't hold a proper charge, and the electrical warning dashboard will turn on.
If you're questioning whether it's your battery, alternator, or both that is preventing your car from running, please bring your vehicle to Kwik Kar Auto Repair. Our ASE-certified technicians can test both parts and make the proper repairs and replacements (if necessary).
Are you tired of not being able to start your car? We invite you to call or visit Kwik Kar Auto Repair today!