You may not think about it, but your vehicle’s alternator is vital to keeping it up and running. When your car has a difficult time starting, or does not start at all, this could be due to a bad alternator. Oftentimes, drivers forget about how important their alternator is until their vehicles won’t start. Don’t hesitate to bring your Toyota to the experts at Toyota of New Orleans near Baton Rouge for routine alternator service or replacement.
Under the hood of your Toyota vehicle lies the alternator that provides power to the battery. The alternator is located on the engine and keeps the car’s battery charged continuously while also keeping the vehicle’s electrical and computer systems running. The alternator also has the important job of keeping the electric steering, headlights, power windows, and dashboard instruments alive while driving around or idling. Your vehicle’s alternator is also responsible for keeping the battery charged. Mechanical energy turns into electrical energy, giving the alternator power. Attached to the alternator is a pulley with a drive belt, when the engine is on, it powers the drive belt. On average, an alternator has a lifespan of seven years or about 150,000 miles.
There are several factors that can affect the life of your car’s alternator like the condition of the vehicle, the quality of the alternator, and the number of electronics being used. While the alternator can go out without a warning, there are a few signs you can watch out for that can tell you if your alternator needs servicing. A few common indicators of a bad alternator include:
If you notice any of these warning signs, bring your vehicle to our service center where our professionals will thoroughly inspect your alternator. Whether you’re in the Chalmette or Kenner areas, our team will be happy to help you.