The electrical charging system is one of the most important systems on any vehicle. The charging system is made up of several components, including the alternator and battery, that work together to supply the vehicle’s electrical needs.
The alternator specifically generates the amperage and electricity required to meet the vehicle’s electrical needs, including keeping the battery charged. Any problems with the alternator can quickly develop into problems with another system or component on the vehicle. Some of the signs your alternator is going bad are the following:
• the need to jump start the vehicle on a regular basis
• illuminated battery light on dashboard
• dim or flickering lights
The battery is the sole source of electrical power for the car. The battery is charged during vehicle operation by the alternator. If the battery is not charged sufficiently, you will not be able to start the car or use any electrical components (lights, radio, etc.).These are some of the common symptoms that may indicate you may need to replace your battery.
• Car does not start
• None of the electrical components work (try the lights and radio)
A starter is an electrical motor that is connected to the battery. The job of a starter is to set the engine (pistons, crankshaft, etc.) in motion when you turn the ignition switch on. Once the engine starts and is in motion, the job of starter is done. If the starter goes bad, the engine will not crank properly when you turn the ignition key on or may not crank at all. These common symptoms may indicate that you may need to replace the starter.
• Car does not start or starts intermittently (when turning the ignition key)
• Single loud click but engine does not start
• Starter operation is noisy