3 Warning Signs Your Alternator Is Failing.

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Alternator ProblemsThe alternator is a vital component of your car that turns the mechanical energy of the rotating parts of the engine to electrical energy that powers various functions in your car. If your alternator fails, your car will break down completely. This is especially important when driving a European vehicle with complex electrical systems. Fortunately, there are some telltale signs of a bad alternator so that you can replace this part before you end up stranded.

1. Dimming Headlights
Because the alternator helps power the car’s electrical systems, dimming headlights are often one of the first signs of a failing alternator. In addition to headlights appearing dimmer than usual, other accessories that are powered by electricity may dim or stop working completely. These could include the speedometer and other dashboard dials, power windows and locks, and radio connections.

2. Warning Lights on Dashboard…
Most cars have warning lights, usually on the dashboad, that alert you when something is wrong with the vehicle’s electrical or mechanical systems. If you see an unusual warning light on your car’s dashboard, check the owner’s manual right away to find out what it means. An alternator problem can quickly drain your battery, so if you see a warning light on your system, take your car in for service as soon as possible.

3. Dead Car Battery
Perhaps the most common sign of a bad alternator, a dead car battery, though inexpensive to replace, it is inconvenient. However, if your car battery has died with no clear reason, have your alternator checked when you take your car to get the battery replaced. If the alternator is bad, the new battery will be drained just as quickly as the old battery, this is a sure sign that the battery is not the real issue.

In the Las Vegas area, visit Desert Oasis European Auto Repair if the alternator in your European vehicle has gone bad. We are located at 2079 S Rainbow Blvd, Las Vegas, NV 89146 and can be reached at (702) 255-4090 or online at www.desertoasisautorepair.com.