Alternator Repair in Mildenhall

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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 Mildenhall (7 found)
Mildens Garage Ltd
24 Jobs Completed
Mildenhall
5.0 / 5

Mildens Garage Ltd are an established local independent garage and are proud to be members of Autofirst Network – a nationwide network of independent garages operating to

Central Garage Brandon
Member since 25 October 2011
Brandon

At Central Garage we specialise in servicing and repairs to all makes and models of cars and light commercial vehicles. We are licensed to carry out MOT testing and SVA t

Cooper's Garage Ltd
Member since 04 November 2015
Mildenhall

Welcome to Cooper's Garage Ltd based in Mildenhall, Suffolk. We're a small, family business established in 2008. We are here for whatever you and your car need - whether

Matts Motors
Member since 26 October 2011
Bury St Edmunds

"At Matt's Motors we are proud to offer an independent family run business which puts our customers first. We conduct repairs and servicing of British and American cars a

Mildenhall Auto Centre
Member since 26 October 2011
Bury St Edmunds

"Mildenhall Auto Centre was started in 1988 and since then we have built up an excellent reputation amongst our loyal customers by providing a 1st class service. Our work

Cooper's Garage
Member since 26 October 2011
Bury St Edmunds

"Cooper's Garage are Mildenhall and Lakenheath's favourite car MOT, repair and service specialists. We understand American cars and trucks, as well as European vehicles a

Folly Classics
Member since 26 January 2019
Isleham

Classic and Performance car specialist

Alternator Repair in Mildenhall
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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