Alternator Repair in Ross on Wye

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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 Ross on Wye (6 found)
HP PROMISE Ltd AUTO MECHANICS
18 Jobs Completed
Hereford
5.0 / 5

As a mobile mechanic I able to be very flexible and can even repair your vehicle on your premises if feasible, which is extremely helpful and convenient especially for th

Bowen's Garage
13 Jobs Completed
Ross-on-Wye
5.0 / 5

Established in 1973 but under new family ownership since December 2013, we are a friendly, helpful business with a stable team of 4 technicians, a General Manager who man

GKC Motors
Member since 12 October 2011
Ross-on-Wye

"GKC Motors was established in 1993. It began as a small family business, however through the years it has expanded greatly.All the mechanics at GKC Motors are fully qua

John Mumford Auto Services
Member since 13 December 2011
Ross on Wye

"John Mumford Auto Services are a locally renowned family business based in Ross-on-Wye. We have been serving the local community with high quality car engineering and me

Lea Automotive
Member since 08 February 2014
Ross-on-wye

"Sales - service- diagnostics - MOT - valet.We are Peugeot and Citroen trained , and are able to service all makes and models."

Lea Garage
Member since 16 June 2017
Hereford

Workshop Servicing MOT's Friendly Local Garage with free collection and delivery

Alternator Repair in Ross on Wye
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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Although the alternator is a relatively simple part, it plays a critical role in your vehicle’s operation, so it’s essential any alternator problems are diagnosed correctly and fixed.


Here are some of the most common signs that your alternator is on the blink:

  • The alternator warning light will be on – in most cases this is shaped like a battery but some cars will show ‘ALT’ or ‘GEN’
  • You may experience extremely bright or dimming headlights, or a speedometer that stops working
  • Drivers sometimes complain of a growling or whining noise before the alternator gives out
  • You may experience a smell of hot wires or burning rubber


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Gary from Complete Mechanics explains the workings of the alternator