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When you turn the key, you hear a rapid clicking sound, and the dash lights dim. Or perhaps your vehicle is blowing headlights and taillights much more often that you would expect due to intermittent charging issues. These are just two ways your vehicle lets you know there’s a problem with the charging systems.
When you experience any issues with your vehicle’s charging systems, bring the car to us and explain the problem. We’ll charge the battery and check the charging systems. The problem could be a bad battery or bad alternator—or it could be something as simple as a loose alternator belt.
Here’s how the alternator works. The alternator charges the battery and provides power to operate vehicle electrical systems. When the alternator fails, the engine will continue to run for a short time—generally around 15 minutes—until the battery discharges to the point where the engine ignition system will no longer function. Or, it could function intermittently which is harder to diagnose. In either case the vehicle will need an alternator replacement.
An alternator replacement should include inspection and replacement of the drive belt as necessary, along with a starter current draw test and a battery inspection and load test.
When your vehicle needs an alternator replacement our certified technicians will perform this task efficiently so you can get safely on your way with your battery charging just as it should.
At AAA | Bob Sumerel Tire and Service, we’ll help you stay on top of vehicle maintenance and repair. Contact us online or call today to schedule your service at one of our convenient locations in and around the Cincinnati, OH, area.
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