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Starting Problems? Is it the Battery or the Alternator?

If your vehicle is failing to start, you may ask yourself if your vehicle is suffering from battery issuers or issuers with the alternator. Seeing as the battery and the alternator are connected to each other and benefit from each other to make your car start through the use of electrical charging and gear switching, it can be quite tricky to sense exactly where the problem is coming from.

In order for you to narrow down the problem so that you may focus on one issue instead of wasting your time, here are the symptoms of a bad battery issue, as well as the issues with a bad alternator issue.

Bad Battery

If you crank your engine, and it feels different from the other times you've done it and seems off, you should suspect a battery issue with your car. The reason that a battery may impact the starting of a car and fails to start efficiently, is that corrosion has impacted the battery and your car's battery is not able to connect to the system of your car and make it start up fully.

If you jumpstart your car to make it work after it fails to start, and your car is working again then that confirms that your car has a battery issue. In order to make sure that the battery has underlying issues and is not completely dead, you must check the status of your alternator to see if the issue is connected.

Bad Alternator

If your car is able to start but has some issues when it's underway, the problem most likely comes from the alternator, and not the actual battery itself. One indicator that there is an alternator issue is that there are squealing sounds coming from your engine whenever you press on the gas pedal.

A bad alternator causes a battery to overheat due to loss of control and overcharging. This shortens the life expectancy of the battery and makes it hard to control, making for a needed repairment so that your car can be able to drive again. However, if your battery has an issue, the alternator will not be impacted in any way.

If you believe your battery or alternator is damaged, feel free to come into our auto repair shop so that we may take a look.

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