Carter Volkswagen Alternator Replacement & Repair: Seattle Auto Care Information
Your car requires a charged battery to start the engine -- but, once the engine is running, the battery's job is done. Now it's down to the alternator to convert mechanical energy from the engine to usable electricity for all your car's electrical components. The alternator recharges the battery and gives you power for the stereo, lights, power windows and seats and all kinds of electronic accessories. If you notice electrical components on your car aren't working quite like they should, give us a call. One of our technicians can take a close look at your car's alternator to check for problems and recommend a fix.
What are the Warning Signs of a Bad Alternator?
As the alternator starts to go bad, it might begin to put out insufficient voltage for all your car's accessories. This can cause your headlights and dashboard lights to dim and flicker. It can also cause your power windows, power seats and power mirrors to work more slowly, and can cause your car's climate control system to underperform.
Furthermore, an alternator that's starting to wear out inside can begin to emit a loud groaning or whining noise. The alternator contains many rapidly spinning parts and uses bearings and bushings to facilitate smooth operation. If they become worn out or fail entirely, the alternator might underperform and start to sound funny.
In most cases, swapping out the alternator for a new or remanufactured one is the fastest, easiest fix. However, in the case of a mechanical failure like bad bearings, the alternator could be taken apart by a talented technician so that the bearings can simply be replaced.
How to Schedule a Service Visit at Carter Volkswagen:
Setting an appointment for your car to get the maintenance or repairs it needs is easy at Carter VW! Just use our online scheduling form. You can select an available time slot that works for your schedule. Or, just give our service department a call at the number on the bottom of this page. You'll be able to speak to one of our friendly, knowledgeable service advisors about your questions or concerns.
Discover the Carter Advantage at the Carter VW Service Department
It's sophisticated German engineering that sets a Volkswagen apart from lesser cars on the road, and it's our expert technicians at the Carter VW service department that know German engineering best in the Seattle area. When you're looking for the best customer service with clean and comfortable facilities while your vehicles gets the highest quality service, turn to Carter Volkswagen. Our team uses only factory-approved parts designed with your car in mind. The mechanics at your neighborhood garage or the local quick-lube chain can't say that; only the factory-trained experts in our VW-authorized service center. If we didn't answer all your questions on this page, give us a call! We'd be glad to help.