Alternators and Starter Motors
Come to VRS for all your Alternator and Starter Motor needs. Aswell as supplying brand new units, We also provide testing, repairs and reconditioning for Alternators and Starter Motors For Cars, Commercials and Boats etc etc
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The alternator is part of the charging system of your vehicle. Other parts of the charging system include your battery, voltage regulator and wires. Knowing the signs that indicate that your alternator is beginning to fail may keep you from being stranded on a lonely highway.
If your alternator light comes on or flickers when you start your car, you should have your vehicle inspected as soon as you can.
If your vehicle does not start, your alternator could be to blame. The problem could also be your battery, so check its charge.
If your battery frequently discharges, your alternator likely needs to be replaced.
Age of Vehicle
If you are driving an older vehicle and have frequent problems with starting the car, you may need to replace a worn out alternator.
If your alternator is not working properly it might affect how the alternator belt is turning. Removing the alternator [fan] belt can confirm if noise is coming from the alternator.
Function of Electrical Components
Your alternator is likely to blame if anything electrical slows or lights dim while you are driving.
A car starter motor is responsible for supplying the physical force necessary to help start a car's engine. By engaging and spinning a car's engine flywheel, a starter motor performs a vital automotive function. This function becomes all too apparent when a starter motor fails.
A bad starter motor will often times present itself when a car fails to crank over (engine fails to turn). The car battery supplies the car starter motor with the power to turn, or start, the engine. If the car starter motor is faulty, it will not be able to utilize the power from the car battery, resulting in a no-start condition.
Many times a bad starter motor will make noise (clanking, clicking, or grinding) when the ignition key is turned and the starter is engaged. This type of starter noise is normally indicative of a starter motor that is worn and about to fail
Starter Solenoid Dysfunction
A starter solenoid, which is a small mechanical attachment located on the top of a starter motor housing, is responsible for engaging and disengaging the starter gear with the engine flywheel. Many times the starter solenoid will wear out or fail, rendering the actual starter motor (which may still be functioning) ineffective.
Starter Solenoid Smell/Smoke
A burnt smell and/or smoke coming from a starter motor is indicative of an electrical problem with the electrical wires and connections within a starter motor. Battery power is carried directly to a starter motor via a series of small electrical wires that attach directly to the starter solenoid. Any problem with these wires can cause a short, which can cause a burnt smell and/or smoke.
Non-Retracting Starter Gear
A rare, but serious, starter motor problem involves a non-retracting starter motor gear. After a cars ignition system is activated and the starter motor engages with the engine flywheel, the starter gear is supposed to retract to its original "non-activated" position after a car starts running. A starter gear that does not retract is a sign that a starter motor is bad and needs to be replaced.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 02 June 2010 10:39)