Car Alternator Repair

Do You Need Car Alternator Repair?

alternator repair

Car alternator problems? Car battery won’t stay charged? You may need your car alternator repaired or replaced.

If your car is having problems starting you may need a new car battery. If your car is having trouble staying on, you may have a problem with your alternator. Not sure which problem you’re having? Call Steens Master Lube and we will help you. You can also learn below about your charging system and ignition system. Regardless of what’s going on we have the automotive knowledge and resources to help you.

A vehicle’s charging system consists of 3 major components:


Mechanical device driven by the engine accessory belt. It provides continuous voltage to replenish the battery while the engine is running.

Voltage Regulator

Monitors the battery’s state of charge and adjusts alternator activity as necessary to charge the vehicle’s battery


An electrical reservoir used to store electrical energy until it is needed by the vehicle’s starting system to crank the engine.

Battery, Alternator, Voltage Regulator… The Car Charging and Ignition Systems 

You hop in your car and crank it up. The engine turns over grudgingly but eventually fires. You don’t give it a second thought and start on your way. Not long after you are driving the headlights dim, the engine starts to miss. In less than five miles your engine dies, along with everything else in the car. Guess what? No power. What you have just experienced is your alternator breathing its last breath. Your first thought might have been the battery is dying. In a sense, you would be right because the battery and the alternator are related.

Signs your Charging System needs attention

  • Nothing happens or you just hear clicking when you turn the key
  • Your engine struggles to turn over
  • Your headlights get brighter when you accelerate
  • A battery warning light comes on in the dashboard

How does my car start and stay on?

There are many electrical systems in your car. There is the ignition system, the charging system, and some that you do not ever think about. All of these will require maintenance at some time.

Automobile ignition systems rely on perfect timing. A simple spark, when delivered at precisely the right moment, can mean the difference between a smooth running and powerful engine that operates cleanly and an engine that runs rough, lacks power and produces unnecessary emissions.

Signs your Ignition System needs attention

  • Car is hard to start, or cranks too long before starting
  • Car misfires, or idles rough
  • Your fuel mileage is not what it used to be
  • Vehicle has lost power or it is sluggish

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