The alternator is responsible for delivering power to your new Honda vehicle’s electrical system whenever it’s running. What does an alternator do beyond that? Plenty. While many assume the battery alone runs their car, it’s the alternator that draws energy from the engine and uses it to generate power and keep everything running.
If your alternator fails, problems can impact everything from the ignition to your electrical systems, so read on to explore:
Your alternator must be properly maintained to function as it should. Regularly scheduled checks can pick up on any issues, but you should also visit our service center without delay if you notice any of the following telltale signs of a dying alternator:
If you ever try to jump-start your vehicle and it dies immediately afterwards, you’re almost certainly looking at an alternator problem.
Alternators generally last around seven years, which works out to somewhere between 100,000 and 150,000 miles. However, certain things may make your alternator wear out faster, including:
If you choose to drive through tough Sparta Twp weather or pick up a cheap alternator from a random Hackettstown auto shop, you’re probably going to be looking for a replacement sooner.
So, how much is an alternator? Different makes and models require different alternators, so that’s not always an easy question to answer. Your owner’s manual should let you know, but you can always contact our service center for a free quote. It’s also better to go through our parts center for a genuine OEM replacement instead of getting something cheaper from your average Denville body shop.
It’s always smart to replace your alternator when it first shows signs of trouble, and we’re always happy to help determine what’s going on and find the right part. For any further advice or assistance, feel free to contact us directly.
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