What Does an Alternator Do?


Did you know that the electrical parts of your vehicle aren’t powered by the battery? The battery is mostly used to start the car. The other components are actually powered by the alternator. Have you ever found yourself wondering, “What does an alternator do?” The alternator is what keeps your car going on the Bronx roads. It’s kind of like a small belt-driven generator inside your vehicle. If you have any trouble with your alternator, or any other issues with your car, contact Victory Mitsubishi service center today. We’re always happy to help!

Common Alternator Problems

There are many indicators that your alternator might be nearing the end of its useful life and needs to be replaced:

  • Dimming headlights or interior lights
  • Problems charging devices using your in-car power sources
  • Your automobile won’t start
  • Screeching sound when the vehicle starts
  • Your low battery warning light is on in your dashboard
  • The odor of burning rubber coming from underneath the hood

Failing Alternator or Failing Battery?

If you are experiencing any of the issues above, it might still be a battery problem. How do you know if the issue is caused by a failing battery or failing alternator? One way to figure out the cause of the problem is that if your vehicle won’t start, find someone to give you a jump-start. If it dies right after you take the jumper cables off, you’re probably dealing with a failing alternator. If it keeps running when you remove the jumper cables, your battery is most likely the issue. If you need help, contact the service center at Victory Mitsubishi. We’ll find and fix the problem in no time and have you back out on Mount Vernon roads.

How Long Does an Alternator Last?

An alternator should have a useful life of between 80,000 to 150,000 miles, or around 7-10 years, whichever comes first. However, if you drive your car hard around New Rochelle, you might have to replace your alternator more often. Also, If you use aftermarket parts instead of genuine Mitsubishi OEM parts, you might have to replace your alternator sooner because aftermarket parts seldom last as long as genuine OEM parts.

How Much is an Alternator?

Are you wondering, “How much is an alternator?” The cost of an alternator varies depending on the type of vehicle, how old it is, and where you purchase your alternator. Contact the parts department at Victory Mitsubishi for a free quote today! If for some reason we don’t have the part you need in stock, you can order online and Victory Mitsubishi will do the installation when it arrives. Although we specialize in servicing Mitsubishi models, our experienced team of service technicians is able to work on all other makes and models as well.

Bring Your Car in for Service at Victory Mitsubishi Today

The parts department and service department at Victory Mitsubishi, near Westchester, are always ready to serve you. Whether you need new or used car parts, we’re here for all of your automotive needs. It’s easy to schedule service online or over the phone. Check out our service specials and then contact us today.

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