What Does an Alternator Do?

Car Alternator


Most drivers know that the alternator is a critical part of the electrical system on your vehicle, but what does an alternator do? The alternator not only supplies power to all of your vehicle’s electrical components while the vehicle is running, but it also recharges your car battery at the same time. How long does an alternator last and how much is an alternator in the Winnipeg area? Find out in this guide from the service experts at Capital Ford Winnipeg.

How Can I Tell If My Alternator Needs to Be Replaced?

Some of the warning signs of a failing alternator include:

  • Battery warning light appearing on the dashboard
  • Dim headlights or interior lights
  • Burning rubber smell under the hood
  • Devices not charging
  • Whining or screeching sound after the vehicle has started
  • Unable to start

Signs of a Failing Alternator vs. Battery

Many Selkirk-area drivers mistake a failing alternator for a failing battery. If the battery loses its charge and you need to jump-start it, the car should remain running after you remove the jumper cables. If it dies as soon as the jumper cables are removed, the problem is most likely your alternator. The best way to determine whether you’ll need a new battery or a new alternator is to book a service appointment at Capital Ford Winnipeg. The certified technicians in our state-of-the-art Service Centre can quickly test your electrical system, resolve the issue, and get you safely back on Steinbach-area roads as soon as possible.

How Long Does an Alternator Last?

A car alternator typically lasts for 8 to12 years or 64,374 kilometres to 160,934 kilometres, depending on the vehicle, the engine, the conditions in which it’s used, and how much electrical equipment it is regularly operating.

How Much Is an Alternator?

If you find yourself in need of a new alternator, the first question you’ll want to be answered is how much is an alternator. The price depends on the type of vehicle you drive, but generally, a new alternator will cost roughly between $380 to $580. Contact our Parts Centre to get a price quote on a new alternator for your specific Ford car, truck, or SUV. We carry a comprehensive inventory of genuine Ford parts, and our experienced service team can install a new alternator for you while you wait.

For Alternator Service or Replacement Visit Capital Ford Winnipeg

Is your vehicle having issues with its electrical system? Do you need a new alternator? The crew at Capital Ford Winnipeg is here to help. We can handle all of your Ford scheduled maintenance and repair needs, and we’ll get the job done right and on time. Feel free to reach out to our Service Centre if you would like additional information.

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