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Starting Problems? Is it the Battery or the Alternator?

It is problematic and time-wasting to get into your car and realize that it won't start. It gets even more frustrating when you cannot determine what is causing the starting problems. However, in this article, you are about to learn possible reasons why your car will not start. A car that won't start is usually an indication of a problem with the batter, the alternator or the starter.

But how do you know which one exactly is causing the problem, having in mind that all these three parts work in unison to power your vehicle? The battery is responsible for delivering high voltage to the starter, which cranks up your car engine then the alternator recharges the battery, allowing your car to function fully. Thus, any of these three parts may cause starting problems. Here is how to know if the battery or alternator is causing your starting issues.

Signs it is a Battery Problem.

The car battery is a vital part of the car, as it is responsible for providing power to the starter and entire electrical system when the vehicle is not running. A good car battery has a lifespan of four to five years. However, it cannot hold a charge for that long; hence, it is recharged by the alternator while driving. With time, the metal parts of your battery may rust and, as a result, reduce its ability to hold charge as expected, hence causing problems. Below is a list of signs that your battery is causing your starting problems:

  • Low whining sound while starting your car
  • Sluggish response while cranking your car engine
  • Dim headlights or dashboard lights when you start the car
  • If, after jump-starting, your engine starts running, but the vehicle does not start again after turning it off
  • Corroded Battery

Signs it is an Alternator Problem

The alternator is a vital part of your car's charging system as it charges the battery while the engine is running. An alternator has a lifespan of eight to twelve years. When it fails to work, the battery also fails. Below are symptoms of a bad alternator:

  • Dead car Battery
  • Growling or screeching sound before the alternator goes out
  • A burning smell due to alternator overheating
  • Dimmer headlights or dashboard lights
  • Malfunctioning car electrical accessories

Final Verdict

Both your car battery and alternator need each other to work well. Therefore, if your car is experiencing problems with the two, ensure you get them repaired or changed as soon as possible to avoid accidents. We invite you to bring your vehicle into Romay's Auto Service today if you need a battery or alternator repair.

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