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You know your alternator is an essential part to your vehicle, but what does an alternator do? The alternator sends power to the car’s electrical system while the car is running. San Jose drivers may assume the battery powers the car, but it’s only used to start it, while the alternator leverages the gas engine as its source of energy. Learn more about what an alternator does and how much it costs to replace from the service center at Del Grande Dealer Group.
If you’ve noticed some of the following problems with your alternator during your daily commute around Oakland, then it may be time to have your vehicle brought in for an inspection:
A worn alternator can commonly be mistaken for a failing battery, and you can find the issue by waiting until the vehicle is unable to start and needs a jump. Try jump-starting the engine, and remove the jumper cables after the car starts. If it dies right away, then you may have to get a new alternator.
An alternator should last between 80,000 and 150,000 miles or about seven years, but there are other conditions that can cause it to be worn down earlier. These include:
Since different makes and models come with their own alternators, this will ultimately play a factor in how much your alternator replacement costs. You can always turn to our expert technicians at Del Grande Dealer Group for a free quote on a wide range of alternators that are designed for your particular vehicle.
Now that you know more about what an alternator does and how much a replacement costs, you’ll have everything you need to get back on Oakland roads. Explore more helpful service guides at Del Grande Dealer Group and save on your next visit when you take advantage of our maintenance specials and coupons. We also have a great inventory of OEM parts and accessories that will continue to enhance your vehicle. Contact us today to schedule an appointment in !
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