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Alternator Inspection and Service | Routine Maintenance

Alternator Inspection and Service | Service Center at Graff Chevrolet in Bay City

Many of our customers ask us, “What does an alternator do?” This is a completely valid question: an alternator is an electrical-generating device in your car, truck, SUV or crossover. The alternator has a belt-driven pulley, which is turned/powered by the engine. After the engine is started, the alternator provides your vehicle with energy for all of your electrical needs. Additionally, the alternator sends energy back to the battery to keep it fully charged and prepared to provide you with power in moments of increased electrical demands such as a snowy Michigan winter night when the lights, wipers, defroster, and radio are all working at once and on high power. So essentially, the alternator is the electrical power plant that helps your vehicle perform efficiently.

Alternators

Signs of Alternator Problems:

  • A light will illuminate on your vehicle’s dashboard. This light will most likely say “ALT” or “GEN”.
  • Your vehicle’s lights may dim or your vehicle’s accessories (e.g., heated seats, power windows) may experience a slowdown.
  • Your vehicle may start to make a “growling” noise, or you may smell burning rubber/hot wires.
  • You notice belts are cracked and worn, or belts appear to no longer be attached to anything.

In today’s vehicles, the electrical systems (i.e., alternator) are comprised of advanced and intricate systems of wires, fuses, and cables. Our ASE Certified technicians at Graff Chevrolet Service Center are experts in these complicated systems, ensuring that your vehicle is handled properly and carefully If you are experiencing alternator problems, feel free to bring your vehicle into the Graff Chevrolet Service Center and have one of the experts take a look at it.

At the Graff Chevrolet Service Center in Bay City, our service experts take pride in their superior craftsmanship and timely process. Our ASE Certified service technicians repair all makes and models, both foreign and domestic. You can Schedule an Appointment via our online form or by calling our Service Center at (989) 684-4411.

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