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Signs Your Alternator Needs a Repair

Many drivers in Sacramento put off repairs for as long as possible to avoid having to spend extra time and money. While this may work for smaller repairs, there are some repairs that need to be handled immediately or drivers will run the risk of having to pay even more or having a dangerous accident occur. Repairing your vehicle’s alternator is one repair that you should consider immediately if you plan on staying safe on the road. Unfortunately, many drivers mistake signs of a faulty alternator for other vehicle issues. To help clear things up, we have created a short list of signs that your alternator may be in need of a repair.

Your Lights Have Dimmed

One sign that frequently goes unnoticed, is dimmed lights on your vehicle. Many drivers don’t pay much attention to their lights, and if they do notice their lights have dimmed, they attribute it a faulty light bulb. While it may be as simple as a bulb in need of replacing, dimmed lights can also be a sign that the alternator is going bad, and is affecting your vehicle’s electrical system as a result.

You Find Yourself Frequently Jumping Your Vehicle

There are a number of reasons why your vehicle may need a jump every now and then. Typically, a vehicle is in need of a jump as a result of a battery going bad or dying. Unfortunately, many drivers fail to realize this is also a major sign of alternator damage. Similar to how a damaged alternator affects your lights, your alternator also affects the amount of juice your vehicle receives from your battery. If you have had your battery checked out and there doesn’t seem to be a problem, it may be time to have your alternator inspected.

Your “Check Battery” Light Repeatedly Comes On

If you notice the lights on your dashboard illuminating without any real problem occurring within your vehicle, your alternator may be to blame. This is especially true in the case of your “check battery light”, your vehicle system is set to alert you when your battery voltage falls below a certain level, to help you avoid getting stuck. While your battery may be doing its job, a damaged alternator may be getting in the way of your vehicle receiving the amount of juice it needs to fully operate.

If you have noticed one or more of the signs above, we strongly suggest making your appointment with Standard Auto Care today to have your vehicle properly inspected. Our auto technicians know repairs of any size can be stressful for a car owner, which is why we offer superior customer service, complete transparency and a 3-year (or 36,000 mile) warranty on all of our alternator repair Sacramento, CA. To make your appointment with one of our expert auto technicians today, simply give us a call at 916-924-8040 or visit us in person at 2240 Colfax St. Sacramento, CA 95815. We looking forward to assisting you with all of your auto repair needs!


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