An automotive charging system comprises of three major components: the battery, the voltage regulator and an alternator. The alternator works with the battery to generate power for interior and exterior lights, and the instrument panel. It derives its name from the term ‘alternating current’.
Driven by the crankshaft, alternators are typically found near the engine. It converts the piston’s up-and-down movement into circular motion. AMP Auto Body Panels Ltd., has an extensive inventory of alternators and starters here in Edmonton. If you’re wondering if your vehicle needs an alternator replacement, below are some signs that can help you figure out:
Signs to Replace Your Alternator
Starters in today’s cars are attached on the rear of the motor. The gear on the starter aligns with the vehicle’s flywheel to commence the ignition process. Once the engine turns over, fuel is injected into the combustion chamber and is ignited by the activated ignition system and then the engine comes to life. If the starter begins to wear out or break down, the performance of the car might get impacted.
A starter comprises of two major components: (1) a solenoid which sends the electrical signal to the starter motor to activate and, (2)The starter motor. If either or both of these fail, the starter will be rendered useless and will need replacement. To avoid future breakdowns, technicians recommend replacing the starter instead of repairing the components.
Symptoms of Bad or Failing Starter
- Engine won’t turn over – If the engine won’t turn over, the vehicle won’t start. Most often, if you hear no engine sound, it’s the starter solenoid or motor that has burnt out. However, a dead battery could also be the cause of the problem. In such a case, contact a mechanic and get your vehicle’s starter, ignition system and other electrical components inspected.
- Starter engages but doesn’t spin the motor – If you turn on your ignition switch and hear the starter activate but the motor doesn’t start, the problem may be due to the gears connected to the flywheel. Either the gear has stripped or become dislodged against the flywheel. In either case, the starter will need to be replaced by a certified mechanic.
- Sporadic starting issues – Loose or dirty wiring within the starter system can cause the car to not start regularly. It might be hard to repair. Another reason could be a damaged or failing electrical component. Even if starting problems only happen occasionally, get your starter inspected now.
- Grinding noise when trying to start the motor – This warning sign often occurs when the gears that connect the starter to the flywheel are worn out and cause problems. However, grinding may happen inside the starter motor as well. In such a case, it is best to get the vehicle’s starter replaced before it escalates further.
- Interior lights dim when starting the car – A short circuit in the starter motor’s wiring may cause your vehicle’s dashboard to dim. In such cases, the starter motor pulls extra current away from the vehicle’s other systems and can cause further problems. If there is a chugging sound along with dimming lights, the bearing within the starter motor may be failing and it’s best to get it inspected immediately.
- Smell or see smoke when starting the motor – The starter is powered by electricity. And sometimes, it overheats because of continued power being supplied to the motor. There are chances of the motor not shutting off after the car’s engine has ignited. In such cases, you may see or smell smoke coming from underneath the engine. It may be caused due to a short circuit, blown fuse or a problem with the ignition switch.
For quality parts that can get your vehicle back on the road, contact AMP Auto Body Panels Ltd. today.