Alternators & Starters
If you've noticed your car acting up lately, or it's time for one of
your regularly scheduled maintenance services, bring your car to
our service, repair and maintenance shop. Do you hear strange sounds like knocking or
grinding? Have you begun to notice fluids leaking underneath your
car? Is it time for your inspection or tune up? We've long been the
choice for alternator replacement, so
whatever you need, come see us today!
A bad alternator could be the cause of your dead battery.
If you're having to constantly jump you battery, or if you just
replaced it with a new battery that still doesn't seem to hold a
charge, that's a good chance that the real problem is with your
While you're driving your car, the
alternator provides electricity to various components like your
dashboard lights and air conditioner. Any extra power it creates
gets stored in the car's battery for later use. If your alternator
isn't charging your battery, then the next time you go to start your
car, you have to deal with the frustration of a dead battery.
This is often misdiagnosed as a bad battery, especially if it's an
older battery, but you can save time and a further hassle by having
your car serviced correctly by our trained mechanics. Bring your car
or truck to our auto repair shop for alternator replacement that you can trust.
What is an
An automotive charging system is made
up of three major components: the battery, the voltage regulator and
an alternator. The alternator works with the battery to generate
power for the electrical components of a vehicle, like the interior
and exterior lights, and the instrument panel. An alternator gets
its name from the term alternating current (AC).
A starter is an electric motor that
turns over or "cranks" the engine to start it. See Below
for more details of a Starter Motor.
Alternator - Simple Answers Service
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My battery keeps going dead. I had it tested and it is fine - what could
be the problem?
Xpertech Auto Repair Inc. Answer:
Well, your problem could be caused by several things. Let's start with a
likely suspect: your alternator. The alternator is like a little
electrical generator. It is spun by the serpentine belt on your engine and
makes electricity. This electricity is used to power the electrical
systems required to run your vehicle. It also powers all of your
electronic accessories like your stereo, navigation, heated seats and air
fans, as well as charging all the electronics you have plugged in.
After the alternator has done all that, any electricity that's left over
is used to charge your battery. You can see where we're going: if the
battery isn't getting enough electricity to stay charged, the problem may
have something to do with the alternator.
Now it could be that the alternator is bad – they do wear out over time.
There are a number of failure points within the alternator, but in
practice, it costs less to simply replace the alternator than to take it
apart and repair it.
At Xpertech Auto Repair Inc. in Englewood, we can test your alternator to
see if it needs to be replaced. We may find that the alternator tests out
as being OK - but for some other reason it's not putting out enough
electricity to keep the battery charged. Remember we said that the
serpentine belt drives the alternator? The problem the can often be the
serpentine belt system.
The serpentine belt transfers power from the engine to the alternator.
When the belt wears away to a certain point, it is no longer able to
provide enough grip and can slip on the alternator pulley so that it is
not spinning enough to generate all the electricity that your vehicle
A possible related cause of a worn serpentine belt is the tensioner
pulley. This pulley provides tension on the serpentine belt so that it is
tight enough to spin the alternator and other accessories. When the belt
is too loose, it can slip on the alternator pulley and, once again, not
enough electricity is made.
So, when you battery is going dead - test it. If the battery is still good
- test the alternator. If the alternator is still good - inspect the
serpentine belt and belt tensioner. Chances are good that your service
center or the team of friendly and knowledgeable staff at Xpertech Auto
Repair Inc. will get to the root of your problem.
Give us a call.
Xpertech Auto Repair Inc.
101 N McCall Rd., Englewood, Florida 34223
turn your key it allows electricity to flow from the battery to the
starter motor and complete the circuit for the first revolution of
are two devices which allow the ignition to fire and start the
engine, the Starter Motor and the Solenoid. Because automobile
manufactures deemed it more efficient, the solenoid is most commonly
attached to the starter. These two devices in conjunction provide a
jolt of electricity from your battery to make the engine to “turn
If your car tries to start, but can’t quite get the job done, it
could possibly be the starter seeing some trouble. There are
generally only a few things that can lead to a starter motor
Weak Battery: A Weak or undercharged battery cannot provide
the starter with enough electricity to turn the engine over. Your
car may make a rapid clicking noise, or just never quite get
Bad Wiring: In order to take the charge from the battery,
basic wiring is required. More than anything else, time and heat can
take the worst toll on basic electrical components. A simple process
of replacing some wiring can be all that’s required, or complete
also a few mechanical issues that can arise with a starter motor
that would cause it to fail. The Flywheel, for example is made up of
multiple interlocking “teeth” which moves the crankshaft and
pistons. Over time the flywheel can degrade and cause the starter to
The process of troubleshooting a starter motor and solenoid combo
can quickly become a tiresome task. Let us take
away the stress of figuring out the problem and provide a quality
service for your problem. Our technicians are experts at
discovering the issue and finding the best long term solution. Plus,
we provide Towing to the shop for service. So if you can’t get your
vehicle fired up, give us a ring and we’ll get you back on the road.