Starting Problems? Is it the Battery or the Alternator?

Car Battery

Nothing is as bad as a dead car, especially during an opportune time to make extra money. You try starting your car, but nothing happens. You put the car key in the ignition and try once more, but Oops! Still nothing.

If your car won't start, it is likely a problem with the battery or alternator. But how do you tell which part is causing the issue? Here are some ways of determining where the main issue lies:

Battery

When your car doesn't start, the most logical place to begin with, is the battery. Typically, the battery lasts for five years but can survive a shorter period in extreme weather conditions. Check if the cables are worn out, or the connections are rusty or damaged to determine battery problem.

Signs that your car battery is dead

Warning signs - A warning light shaped like a battery illuminating on your dashboard indicates an internal problem with the battery.

Whining noises- When you hear a low whining sound when you start your car, check the battery, it could be dead.

No go- If your car won't start or crank and the lights don't come on, check the battery first.

Recurring starting issues- if you have been experiencing problems every time you start your car, it could be a sign of loose connections, begin with the battery.

Excessive jumpstarting- If you have jumped your car a few times in the past few days, your battery is probably dead and needs replacement.

If you are experiencing any of these issues, your battery is likely the problem. The best alternative is to replace your battery yourself, or you can let us help you out.

Alternator

An alternator charges the battery when the engine is running and also powers the electrical system. If the alternator fails, your battery will lose its charge. These signs indicate your alternator is bad:

  • Grinding noises
  • Burning smell
  • Warning light indicator illuminates
  • The engine dies after the jumpstart
  • Dim lights or dashboard

If you suspect your battery or alternator is the issue, we invite you to bring your car to our auto repair shop today.