You probably noticed many warning lights on your dash when you start the engine. The lights briefly flash to test the circuits and go off if everything is fine. One warning light looks like a car battery to inform you if your battery is not charging properly.
Your battery stores just enough electricity to start the engine and get you moving. You may only get a few miles on battery-power alone. You need an alternator to continue to generate enough electricity for the engine and power your electrical accessories like the stereo, power seats, heater fan, on-board computers, and more. In addition, the alternator needs to recharge that battery. When your alternator malfunctions, there may not be enough electricity re-generated for all those electrical functions and you may not get very far.
Your alternator may have stopped working from simple wear. Alternators are driven by your serpentine belt and spin two to three times faster than the engine. That hard work can wear out the bearings and the copper wire coils and magnets that generate the electricity, especially from a bad battery that quickly loses the charge.
A bad alternator can leave you stranded, so replace quickly. We can install an alternator that meets your manufacturer's specifications. Some folks use many extra electrical gizmos in the vehicle like computers, DVD players, power inverters, and may regularly tow a camp trailer with a battery that recharges as you drive. If that sounds like you, talk with your service advisor about upgrading to a more heavy-duty alternator to meet your needs.