What Does an Alternator Do?

Alternator with flat drive belt at modern truck engine

Are you aware that the electrical parts of your automobile aren’t powered by the battery? That’s right! They are actually powered by the battery. The battery is mostly used to start the car. Have you ever wondered, “What does an alternator do?” The alternator is what keeps your car running on the Sarasota streets. It’s sort of like a small belt-driven generator. If you’re experiencing trouble with your alternator, or any other components of your car, contact Wilde Lexus Sarasota today.

Common Alternator Issues

There are many signs that might indicate that your alternator needs replaced:

  • Your vehicle won’t start
  • Whining or screeching sound after the vehicle starts
  • Dim headlights or interior lights
  • Problems charging devices using your in-car power sources
  • Your low battery warning light is on in your dashboard
  • The smell of burning rubber coming from under the hood

Failing Alternator or Failing Battery?

Unfortunately, many of the above problems could also indicate a dead battery. So, how do you know if it’s a failing alternator or failing battery? One way to decipher the cause of the problem is that if your car won’t start, give it a jump-start. If it dies immediately after removing the jumper cables, you’re probably dealing with a failing alternator. If it keeps running, your battery is most likely the problem. If you need help, contact the service center at Wilde Lexus Sarasota and we’ll find the problem in no time and get you back out on Lakewood Ranch streets.

How Long Does an Alternator Last?

An alternator should last between 80,000 to 150,000 miles, which usually means around 7-10 years. However, if your vehicle is driven hard around Venice or Bradenton, your alternator may need to be replaced sooner. Also, If you use aftermarket parts instead of genuine OEM parts, you might have to replace your alternator sooner because aftermarket parts typically don’t last as long.

How Much is an Alternator?

Alternator prices vary depending on the type of vehicle, its age, and where you buy it. Call the parts department at Wilde Lexus Sarasota for a free quote today! If we don’t have the part you need in stock, you can order online and let us do the installation when it arrives. Although we specialize in servicing Lexus models, our professional team of service technicians is able to work on many other makes and models.

Make a Service Appointment with Wilde Lexus Sarasota Today

The parts department and service department at Wilde Lexus Sarasota are always ready to help. We’re here for all of your vehicle needs. It’s easy to schedule service and get your questions answered. See our service specials, how to change the battery in a Lexus key fob, even learn more about the Lexus RX 350 maintenance schedule, and then contact us today.

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