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Alternator Repair & Electrical Maintenance
Alternator Repair & Electrical Maintenance at Stratham Tire
If your car isn’t starting, a few different causes could be the culprit. Many times, the root of the cause is electrical. If your vehicle has power, but still does not start – the problem might lie elsewhere (such as in your fuel system).
For comprehensive electrical service, including alternator repair – drivers across New Hampshire and Maine have counted on Stratham Tire for years.
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If your battery is dead, it could be a bad starter, a bad battery, or a faulty alternator. Your alternator is responsible for keeping your battery “charged”, if it isn’t working properly – your battery will be dead as well. Alternator repair is slightly different for every vehicle, at Stratham Tire, our experienced car repair technicians are experts when it comes to diagnosing, repairing and replacing alternators on every make and model.
By relying on the expertise of the professionals at Stratham Tire, you not only ensure that we find the problem quickly, but you also know that you’ll receive professional service and a fair, competitive quote for parts and service.
Common Symptoms of Alternator Problems
The role of your alternator is easy to understand. Put simply, it recharges your constantly depleting battery by generating a charge as your engine runs. Without recharging, your battery dies. It is most common for alternators to fail in the scorching heat of summer or the dead cold of winter – when your vehicle is working harder to keep up with the temperature – whether that means cooling down in the summer, or warming up in the winter.
With a number of moving parts, the potential to get dirty, and stress from external factors like temperature – your alternator can fail for a number of reasons. Especially when it comes to operating in the highly variable temperatures encountered by drivers in New Hampshire and Maine.
Alternator bearing failure
Bearing failure is one of the most common causes of alternator failure. This occurs when one or many components within the alternator breaks due to excess heat or contamination. When this happens, the alternator doesn’t spin and no longer generates a charge for your battery. Typically, you’ll hear a noticeable grinding noise. When this occurs, there’s a good chance a dead battery will follow.
A Loud “Clicking” or “Buzzing” Sound
Nearly every modern car has a dashboard “battery” indicator that will illuminate when you turn the ignition. When turning the key in the ignition, if you ever hear a buzzing or clicking sound when the key is turned, but the engine won’t turn over -- there’s a good chance that your alternator isn’t working. If your car does start, there’s a good chance that your alternator will fail soon, or already needs replacing.
“Could it be the serpentine belt?”
If your serpentine belt is loose or worn, there’s a good chance that the alternator won’t work as it should. Replacing your serpentine belt is a simple and inexpensive fix.
Electrical System Repair at Stratham Tire
Your vehicle’s electrical system is equally important when it comes to starting your engine and ensuring vital systems operate as intended. From the way your car starts, to your headlights and blinkers – a faulty electrical system can cause noticeable problems. Fortunately, these issues are usually very noticeable, such as your car simply not starting and lights not working.
At Stratham Tire, all comprehensive service begins with a battery inspection. This includes inspecting:
- Checking the battery for proper connection and voltage
- Ensuring proper cable connection
- Inspecting hold-down equipment.
- Inspecting the starter
Alternator inspection involves:
- Conducting an overall aesthetic evaluation.
- Inspecting the drive belt.
- Inspecting the positioning brackets.
- Ensuring proper electrical connection
- Inspection of the charging system to ensure proper voltage
Serving New Hampshire and Maine with electrical service and alternator repair
Our auto repair mechanics are always ready to help when it comes to your car or truck’s electrical system. Call today or visit your local Stratham Tire Inc store to arrange your next alternator inspection or other auto repair service. Stratham Tire Inc is also a trusted source for tires in new Hampshire and Maine.