What Does an Alternator Do?


Your vehicle’s electrical system relies on an alternator. The alternator creates electrical power when the engine is running, charging the battery and powering many electrical components while you drive. When it breaks or stops functioning properly, your vehicle can experience a wide range of issues. The signs of a failing alternator can range from dim lights to engine stalling, so it’s important to act fast if you notice any problems.  If your car is showing signs of a bad alternator, Beaverton, be sure to contact a professional on our service team. In the meantime, learn more about the inner workings of your alternator below!

How Does an Alternator Work?

When the engine of your vehicle is running, the alternator charges your vehicle’s battery. The alternator converts mechanical energy through a pulley into an electrical current. An alternator can last eight to ten years before needing replacement or repair. However, the rotor, brushes, and other connected parts can break down over time.

How Much is an Alternator?

Not all alternators are the same. Therefore, the cost will differ based on your model and trim. The cost of a remanufactured alternator can cost between $300 to $500, and it usually includes a one to three-year warranty. The price of a brand-new alternator can cost $500 to $1,000, but many are offered with a valuable limited lifetime warranty.  Waiting to fix a broken alternator can cause more damages that could be costly. Let our service department help find and replace the alternator of your vehicle today, so you can handle the Aloha and Portland roads with confidence.

Signs that Your Alternator Needs Replacing

Below are red flags that your alternator needs replacing. If you experience any of these signs, contact our service center or schedule a service appointment online. We will confidently repair or replace your alternator. We can quickly get your vehicle back in working order:

  • Dim dash lights
  • Illuminated service engine warning light
  • Problems with electrical systems, such as automatic windows, power seats, etc.
  • Problems starting the car
  • Dead car battery
  • Unsuccessful jump starts

Get Your OEM Parts at Dick's Country Chrysler Jeep Dodge

Do you have concerns about the alternator in your vehicle? We offer parts specials and can help you order your new alternator online. Book your service appointment with us and check out our service specials today.Are you looking for more service tips and tricks, Forest Grove, drivers? At Dick's Country Chrysler Jeep Dodge, we want you to enjoy the journey with your car.

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