What Does an Alternator Do? 

Your alternator is a vital component of your vehicle: it converts your engine’s mechanical energy into the electrical energy that powers systems in your car. An alternator replacement could fix a multitude of issues you may be experiencing. If you’re curious about what an alternator does or how much an alternator may be to replace, continue reading this guide from our Rackley Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram service center experts.

How Does the Alternator Work?

As your engine runs throughout Battle Mountain or wherever you drive your car, your alternator converts the mechanical energy produced by a belt running on a pulley system into an electrical current. The belt is known as the serpentine belt, and is another vital component of your vehicle’s operation. As the belt makes revolutions around the system, which is occuring anytime your engine is running, it essentially charges your battery through the conversion of energy. 

How Much is an Alternator?

The cost of a new alternator depends on the type of alternator a factory-trained service technician recommends you need. Typically, you can expect to pay around $300-$500 for a new alternator. This does not factor in time and/or labor costs for a service department to perform the repair. If you’re curious about how much you’ll need to pay for your new alternator, our genuine parts department can help you determine which part is the most optimal fit for your vehicle. 

When to Replace Your Alternator 

The following complications may be a sign that your vehicle is ready for a new alternator:

  • Dim dash lights
  • Illuminated service engine warning light
  • Strange noises like squealing, rattling, or squeaking
  • Power issues like loss of window control, seat adjustments, etc.
  • Issues starting the car
  • Frequently dead car battery

Schedule Service at Rackley Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram

If you are currently experiencing any of the aforementioned car troubles, or are due for routine maintenance, it’s time for you to schedule service for your vehicle. Our expert service team is committed to providing excellent, timely service for our neighbors and customers in the greater Elko area. Contact us to learn more about our current service specials, car-care tips, or new vehicle inventory. 

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