Car Alternator Problems

For those who may not too familiar with the workings of an alternator, it's basically a dynamo, or an electricity generating engine.

There is varoius ways to tell if an alternator may have a problem. One such way is "warning lights" on your dashboard indicating an alternator, battery, amp, or voltage. Okay, we've mentioned the obvious factors above but are there any difficult signs we should look for? Most car owners usually don't link an alternator problem to the battery warning light, or the amp warning light. So that's we we'll start. So lets get down to troubleshooting your vehicle alternator without having to take it to a shop to test the generated current. The primary signs of charging problems are a dead battery, a battery that has been dying often, and last but not least a relatively slow engine start.

Troubleshooting Alternator Problems

One of the quickest ways to check your alternator is by starting the car, then... turning on your headlights. If you notice that your car headlights are dimmer than usual, this is an indicator that the headlights are running of the car battery, and not enough electricity is being generated by the alternator.

On the other hand if the light gets brighter, then this is yet another indicator that the alternator is not generating enough current. However, if "the brightness stays normal" then your charging system is fine, and you shouldn't worry about it at all. Side point: One of best investments you can make (for less than five dollars) is to purchase a voltmeter that hooks up to your car's cigerate lighter socket which will tell you the current reading.

Go ahead and buy a meter and then monitor it while you are driving. Also, do this in different conditions. If the meter reads over 12 more than it does under 12 then your alternator is charging well. You can find other helpful advice and information regarding signs that indicate transmission trouble.