Monterey Collision & Auto Repair

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What Happens When The Alternator Dies?

How is the health of your vehicle’s alternator?  Do you know what happens to your car, truck, or SUV when the alternator dies? Here are six signs that your alternator may be having challenges:

  1. You need to jumpstart your vehicle on a frequent basis.

  2. The lights on your vehicle are dim and not as bright as they should be.

  3. The battery light on your dashboard is on.

  4. The smell of burning rubber may indicate that a belt is not working properly.

  5. You hear odd grinding or whining noises.

  6. Your electrical system is not operating properly.


So, what contributes to alternator failure?  The alternator is the generator for your vehicle’s electrical system. Here are four things that could lead to alternator failure.

  1. If your battery is going bad, it could contribute to alternator failure.

  2. Dirty battery terminals could cause the alternator to not start.

  3. If your cables and connections are worn out, they can cause alternator failure.

  4. An alternator belt can break, drain the battery, and shut down the alternator so the car won’t restart.


If something isn’t right with your vehicle, we recommend bringing it to Robert’s Collision & Repair for an inspection. We want to do everything we can to make sure your vehicle will start, operate safely, and get you where you need to go. Schedule an appointment by calling 831-373-1534. We are conveniently located at 234 Ramona Avenue in Monterey, CA 93940, just off Highway 1 and Del Monte Blvd. We look forward to seeing you soon!



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