Clark Automotive provides car owners in Minnesota with alternator repair and replacement. Your car’s alternator generates the electrical power that keeps your battery charged and drives its various electrical systems. As long as your engine is running and your alternator is in good working order, it maintains the battery’s charge. There are some hybrid vehicles that do not use an alternator, but if you drive a car with a traditional internal-combustion engine, your car has an alternator. The alternator is essential to your vehicle’s ability to perform its most basic functions.
Alternator Diagnostics and Repair in Minnesota
Many alternators last for decades. However, on occasion, alternators can become faulty or fail altogether. If your vehicle’s alternator is failing or has failed, we can help you. Clark Automotive repairs and replaces alternators, and furthermore we have extensive experience and expertise to do the job right the first time. If your alternator is beginning to fail, your vehicle may continue to run for a short time, despite the fact that the battery is no longer being charged by the alternator. The stored power in the battery will allow you to continue driving, but it will be only a matter of time before that is no longer possible.
If your alternator is not functioning properly, you will notice the battery or a “charge” symbol light up on your dashboard—this will occur in most, but not necessarily all, vehicles. As you likely know, most of your vehicle’s function lights illuminate when you turn on the ignition. Within seconds, though, those lights turn off, indicating normal functioning. When one or more of those lights remain illuminated, or flickers on and off, your car is in need of service.
MN Auto Repair Shop that Specializes in Alternator Repair and Replacement
If your alternator is failing, you may have the option of avoiding the more expensive replacement process in favor of a repair, or rebuild, process. Our certified technicians at Clark Automotive will need to test the systems involved in order to make the most accurate assessment of the problem. We will weigh the options with your safety and your bank account in mind. If it is possible to repair your alternator, that will be our recommendation. If we cannot repair it, that means that no one can repair it. In that case, we will recommend replacing it altogether, which will restore not only the power source of your vehicle, but a sense of security in the knowledge that your vehicle’s electrical systems will receive the power they require.
If you have any questions about the viability of your alternator, give Clark Automotive a call at (763) 784-7944.