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    What Does an Alternator Do?

    An alternator sends power through the car’s electrical system and keeps your battery charged while your vehicle is running. While many believe that a battery supplies electricity throughout your car, it’s main purpose it to start the engine! The alternator uses the same function as a generator, collecting rotational energy from your gas engine. For more alternator information, feel free to consult the service center at Dakota Chrysler Center.

Common Alternator Problems

Are you concerned your alternator isn’t functioning properly? The following symptoms warrant a trip to Dakota Chrysler Center near West Fargo:

  • Whining or screeching sound upon start-up
  • Trouble starting
  • Battery warning light with a new battery
  • Dim headlights or interior lights
  • Burning rubber smell under the hood
  • Devices not charging

Failing Alternator vs. Battery

It can be easy to confuse a failing alternator for a faulty battery, as they have similar symptoms. The best way to tell the difference between these two failures is by waiting until the vehicle is unable to start and needs a jump. Go ahead and jump-start the engine, then remove the jumper cables after it starts. If it dies immediately, the problem is likely your alternator. If you’re not comfortable trying this for yourself, schedule a service appointment at Dakota Chrysler Center near Fargo.

How Long Does an Alternator Last?

Most alternators can last anywhere between 80,000 and 150,000 miles, or roughly seven years. However, some factors can cause your alternator to wear out prematurely:

  • Driving conditions
  • Power drain on the alternator
  • Alternator quality

How Much Does it Cost to Replace an Alternator?

Every vehicle has different needs and uses different alternators, so it’s hard to say exactly how much your alternator without knowing the model. However, you can always call Dakota Chrysler Center for a free quote at (701) 353-0453. We carry OEM alternators that are designed to work perfectly with your particular vehicle. On top of that, our technicians are factory certified professionals that will ensure your repair works perfectly.

Visit Dakota Chrysler Center for a New Alternator

If you’re planning on replacing your alternator at home, check with the parts department at Dakota Chrysler Center. We’ll help you take home the right part at a competitive price. Contact us with any questions or stop by our service center near Fargo!


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Dakota Chrysler Center
7950 179th ave se
Wahpeton, ND, 58075 United States
(888) 358-8048
Dakota Chrysler Center 45.996841, -96.6594332.