What Does an Alternator Do?

Alternator with flat drive belt at modern truck engine

Your Dodge, RAM, Jeep, or Chrysler’s alternator delivers power to the car’s electrical system while the car is running. Most people think the battery powers the car, but in fact, the battery is only used to start the car. The alternator functions as the car’s generator, drawing its energy from the gas engine.

Common Issues for Alternators

Like all pieces of your Dodge vehicle, your alternator needs maintenance to extend the life of your car. Make a trip to Knight Dodge near Rosetown if you notice any of these signs that your alternator is experiencing issues:

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

How to Tell if Your Alternator or Battery is Failing

It can be easy to mistake a failing alternator for a failing battery in your Dodge model. If you’re trying to tell if your issue is with your alternator or battery, follow these steps:

  • Wait until the vehicle is unable to start and needs a jump
  • Go ahead and jump-start the engine
  • Remove the jumper cables after it starts

If your vehicle dies immediately, the problem is likely your alternator. Schedule service near Maple Creek to have a certified technician take a look if you’re still not sure.

How Long Does an Alternator Last?

Most alternators last between approximately 130,000 and 240,000 km, or about seven years. Some factors, though, can cause your alternator to wear out more quickly. These include:

  • Driving conditions
  • Power drain on the alternator
  • Alternator quality (year/make of your vehicle)

How Much Does it Cost to Replace an Alternator?

Since different models require different alternators, there’s no firm figure on how much an alternator will cost. If you think you need a new alternator and are curious, though call Knight Dodge for a free quote at . Our parts department can help you with alternators that are designed for your particular Dodge vehicle. On top of that, our Dodge, Jeep, RAM, and Chrysler technicians have the training and experience to correctly.

Visit Knight Dodge  for a New Alternator

Get in touch with us to check for a new alternator at the parts department at Knight Dodge. We will help you find the alternator you need at a reasonable price. Contact us with any questions, or stop by our service center near Kindersley!

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