What Does an Alternator Do?

January 30th, 2019 by

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What does an alternator do? It sends power to the car’s electrical system while the car is running. Although many drivers think that the battery powers the car, the battery only starts the car. The alternator serves as a generator, using the gas engine as its source of energy. Check out the Reeves Volkswagen service center to learn more!

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Standard Alternator Issues

If you’re concerned that your alternator is on its way out, take the trip from Brandon to Reeves Volkswagen so we can help you fix any of these issues:

  • Devices not charging
  • Whining or screeching sound after the vehicle has started
  • Unable to start
  • Battery warning light appearing on the dashboard
  • Dim headlights or interior lights
  • Burning rubber smell under the hood

Failing Alternator or Failing Battery?

It’s common for Clearwater drivers to mistake a failing alternator for a failing battery. How do you tell the difference? The easiest way is to wait until your Volkswagen vehicle is unable to start. Jump start the engine, then remove the jump cables after it starts. If the vehicle dies immediately, the problem is most likely the alternator. Schedule an appointment with Reeves Volkswagen near Wesley Chapel so we can fix your issues!

How Much Does an Alternator Cost to Replace?

The answer to “how much does it cost to replace an alternator” depends on the type of vehicle. However, you can contact Reeves Volkswagen for a free quote anytime! We carry alternators that are specifically designed for your particular vehicle. Additionally, our technicians have what you need to get your Volkswagen ready to go.

How Long Does an Alternator Last?

In general, an alternator will last between 8,000 and 150,000 miles or seven years. There are additional factors that can cause your alternator to wear out prematurely:

  • Driving conditions
  • Power drain on the alternator
  • Alternator quality

Visit Reeves Volkswagen for a New Alternator

For more information on getting a new alternator, take the trip to Reeves Volkswagen! If you’re planning to replace your alternator yourself, check with the parts department at Reeves Volkswagen. We can help you find the alternator you need at a sensible price. Contact us with any questions or stop by our service center near Clearwater!

Interested in finding out how long other components on your vehicle will last? Start by learning how often to rotate your tires or how to check your coolant levels.

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