Alternator Repair in Rancho Cordova, CA

Hathaway Auto Repair offers expert alternator repair in Rancho Cordova, CA.

Alternator Repair in Rancho Cordova, CA

The electrical system in your automobile is in charge of running your accessories, supplying power to onboard computers, charging your battery for the next start, and sparking your engine. At Hathaway Auto Repair, your local mechanic shop in Rancho Cordova, CA provides thorough upkeep and repairs to guarantee that the electrical system of your car is functioning properly and stays that way. So if you need a car alternator repair in Rancho Cordova, California contact us! 

The battery, alternator, starter, fuses, relays, and miles of wiring make up your car’s electrical system. Everything from performance and fuel efficiency to engine operation and even irregular accessory behavior might suffer from failure at any point in the system.

The alternator is the primary element of your car’s electrical system. This little generator, which is driven by a belt, produces electricity to power all of your car’s electrical systems while also recharging the battery. The battery takes over when your alternator breaks down and powers everything until it runs out of power. In a heated atmosphere, alternators turn thousands of times per minute. Your alternator failure could be brought on by problems with the driving belt, the belts themselves, or wear and tear.

Another important component of the electrical system is your battery. Even though the battery’s primary function is to start the vehicle and supply power to the accessories while the engine is off, internal deterioration and external corrosion can cause the working voltage to decrease. When this happens, your vehicle’s numerous computer control units may malfunction, leading to issues such as hard starting, accessory failure, starting issues, and more.

Wires, fuses, and relays further down the line transfer electricity to the engine, computers, sensors, and safety systems.

As you can see, the electrical system interacts with many other automobile systems and functions something like the neurological system of the car.

Signs Your Car Alternator Needs To Be Repalced

Some symptoms or signs that your car alternator needs to be replaced include:

  • Hard starting or failure for the engine to turn over
  • Dim lights or lights that flicker or change intensity
  • Accessories such as locks, wipers, and entertainment that actuate themselves or perform eraratically
  • A warning light, check engine light, or warning message on the dash
  • Engine failure while driving 

Hathaway Auto Repair offers Alternator Repair in Rancho Cordova, CA

Bring your car to Hathaway Auto Repair for a thorough examination of this intricate system if you experience any of these symptoms or simply want to be sure everything is functioning as it should. We will visually evaluate and test the following during your inspection:

  • Condition, connections, and hold-down hardware of the batteries
  • Condition of the starter, cables, and fasteners
  • Use the starter draw to calculate the amount of electricity needed to turn your engine.
  • Check the voltage output, the drive belt’s tension and condition, the fasteners, and the alternator.
  • Check the fuse and relay (when related components are malfunctioning)

This thorough examination can reveal flaws that you may have already observed or pinpoint problems that could cause a system failure. In either case, we will only perform the repairs that are absolutely necessary after we’ve talked with you about the diagnostic, the fix, and the cost. Should a repair be necessary, we will always take your budget into consideration.

Whether or not we discover a problem, we will assist you in setting up a routine maintenance schedule so you may continue to manage your electrical system and prevent further issues.

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11300 Sunrise Gold Circle Suite H, Rancho Cordova, CA 95742
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Other Services in Rancho Cordova, CA

  • Tune Ups
  • Check Engine Light Diagnostic
  • Noise Diagnosis
  • Brake Repair
  • Timing Belt Replacement
  • Strut Replacement
  • Honda Repair
  • Prepurchase Inspections
  • Air Filter Replacement
  • Air Conditioning
  • Axle Replacement
  • Belts & Hoses
  • Brake Systems
  • Battery Replacement
  • Clutch Repair
  • Computer Diagnostics
  • Electrical
  • Fuel Injection
  • Exhaust System
  • Oil Change
  • Radiator Service
  • Light Replacement
  • Preventive Maintenance
  • Power Steering
  • Suspension Work
  • Tire Pressure
  • Wheel Aligment Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

How often should I rotate my tires?

Your tires should be rotated every other oil change or every 5,000 miles. Neglecting to rotate tires is a major cause of premature tire wear.

Is it really necessary to replace my timing belt at the manufacturer recommended interval?

YES. The failure of a timing belt in many cars can result in major engine damage. The cost of repairing an engine with a broken timing belt is much greater than the cost of a timing belt replacement.

What does it mean if my “check engine” or “service engine soon” light comes on?

There are many sensors and computerized components that manage your vehicle’s engine performance and emissions. When one of these fails, the “check engine” light is illuminated. Although your car may seem to run fine, it is important to have the issue addressed to prevent long-term problems or failure of emission tests.

What should I do if my car starts to overheat?

This is a very serious problem – if your car overheats for too long, you can damage your engine. As soon as possible, find a safe place to pull off the road and shut off the engine! Do not attempt to check the fluid level in the radiator as it can burn you. The best thing to do is have your car towed to a repair shop.

When should I get my oil changed?

You should get your oil changed every 3,000 miles or as recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual. If intervals are extended, ensure you use oil that is capable of extended mileage changes.

What causes milky brown engine oil?

Milky brown engine oil is an indication of coolant in the oil. This can be caused by a blown head gasket (other gasket), a failed transmission cooler or cracked casings. This condition is very serious and needs to be checked by a professional technician quickly.

How to make sure my car battery has a good electrical connection?

Battery cables and terminals should be cleaned and inspected to make sure they provide a good electrical connection.

What is synthetic motor oil?

Synthetic motor oils can be a good choice for high output, turbocharged or supercharged engines, vehicles that are used for towing (especially during hot weather) or vehicles that are operated in extremely cold or hot climates. Synthetic motor oils, though several times more expensive than mineral-based motor oils, can improve fuel economy and provide longer intervals between changes. They also provide instant lubrication on start-up.

When should I replace my car’s fuel filter?

To help ensure dependable, trouble-free performance, replace your car’s fuel filter approximately every 30,000 miles or as recommended in your vehicle’s owner’s manual.

When should I change my spark plugs?

For maximum fuel economy and peak engine performance, your spark plugs should be replaced every 30 months or 30,000 miles, unless your vehicle is equipped with 100,000-mile platinum-tipped spark plugs.

What should I do when I need to replace a burned out fuse?

Always replace burned-out fuses with ones of the same amperage (printed on the fuse) and note that if a fuse continues to “blow,” you should have the circuit checked professionally by one of our technicians for defects.