Alternator Repair in Forfar

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Is your battery not charging? Do your headlights dim when you press the accelerator? If so, you probably have an Alternator Fault.

A new alternator may be necessary to power your engine sufficiently and ensure safety.

Along with alternator repair, battery problems may also be an indication of starter motor failure.


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Top garages for Alternator Repair in Forfar (6 found)
McConechy's - Forfar
Member since 27 March 2017
Forfar

Established in 1957, McConechy’s employ over 330 trained staff in our 56 branches throughout Scotland, North of England and Yorkshire. McConechy’s staff are trained by s

Fisken (Forfar)
Member since 17 November 2015
Forfar

Whatever your motoring needs, here at Fiskens we have the answer. Representing the Angus area for both Kia and Vauxhall we offer expert advice on New and Used Vehicle sal

Angus Tyres
Member since 19 May 2017
Arbroath

Tyre Services

Autosales of Kirriemuir
Member since 19 May 2017
Angus

Garage Services

Glenford
Member since 25 May 2015
Forfar

The team to go to for service you can trust, at a price you can count on. Here at Glenford we aim to provide you with an unrivalled experience when servicing your veh

EdandSon
Member since 04 September 2020
Forfar

Mobile mechanic with 15 year experience. I will come to your home, place of work, or other locations to carry out repairs

Alternator Repair in Forfar
Frequently asked questions
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What is a car alternator?

The car's alternator performs a simple but vital job: to keep your car's battery charged. The battery is responsible for starting the car, spark plugs, lights, electrics, and sometimes power steering - quite a job - so it's essential that it's topped up - and that's what the alternator does.

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What are common problems with an alternator?

The alternator acts like a small generator: the engine spins, and the alternator turns that spinning motion into electricity. The most common problems are worn brushes (the component that maintains constant electrical contact with the spinning alternator) and a failing voltage regulator (which ensures that the charge is sent to the battery at the correct voltage.)

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What are the common symptoms of alternator problems?

Common signs of car alternator problems include the 'charge' or battery lights flashing on the dashboard, flickering or dimming headlights and interior lights and a growling or whining noise under the bonnet.

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What is the average alternator repair cost?

An alternator can be rebuilt as opposed to replaced, however in truth the difference in cost is often quite small. Either way the most common repair cost is around £150-200.

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How to test an alternator for problems

A simple way to test an alternator for problems is to do what's known as the headlight test. Park your car with the headlights on or run it in neutral, then rev the engine. If the headlights dim you could well have an alternator problem. A better test is to take your car to a garage, where a car alternator can be tested using a multimeter tool.

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What happens if my alternator breaks?

If your alternator fails, your car battery won't charge and, very soon, will have insufficient charge to start the car.

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