Auto Repair

Why Does My Car’s Navigation System Not Work?

If you are having problems with your car, truck, or utility vehicle’s navigation system or other power accessories such as the seats and windows, it’s possible that your alternator is going bad and needs to be replaced. Empire Auto Care can take care of this problem for you. Malfunctioning accessories are just one sign of alternator trouble. We are going to list the other signs below.

ALT or Battery Light

Another indication that your alternator is malfunctioning is an illuminated ALT or battery-shaped light on your vehicle’s dashboard. These lights will turn on when you first start your automobile, but they should turn off right away. If they don’t, your alternator could be going bad.

Burning Wires or Rubber

Generally, the alternator generates up to 14.5 volts when it is working properly. If it is malfunctioning, it may generate more voltage and overload your vehicle’s electrical system. Consequently, the system will get too hot, and you will smell burning wires or rubber.

Dim or Flickering Lights

Another sign that your alternator is going bad is if your headlights, taillights, and interior lights go dim. They may also flicker or go from overly bright to dim and then back to overly bright. This indicates they are not getting a steady source of electricity from the alternator.

Frequent Engine Stalling

Aside from powering your vehicle’s accessories and lights, the alternator also powers the spark plugs. When the alternator goes bad, the spark plugs will misfire or not fire at all. Consequently, this will cause your engine to stall frequently. It may also make it difficult to start your automobile.

Hard Starts/Dead Battery

Another reason why a dying alternator can make your automobile difficult to start has to do with the battery. The alternator provides the battery with a constant charge so it never discharges completely. If the alternator is malfunctioning, the battery may lose its charge and die. Consequently, you won’t be able to start your car, truck, or utility vehicle.

Whining or Growling Noises

Finally, whining or growling noises can point to the alternator belt and the alternator, respectively. If the alternator belt is too loose, it will make whining or squealing sounds and inhibit the alternator’s voltage generation. Growling sounds indicate a problem with the alternator’s internal mechanisms. 

Call Empire Auto Care in Ft. Lauderdale, FL, today if you suspect that your car’s alternator is dying. We will test the alternator and replace it if necessary. We can also test the battery to make certain it isn’t the problem.

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