What Does an Alternator Do?

Car Alternator
Our service department gets one question more than, “How much is an alternator?” and it’s “What does an alternator do?” This is your car’s electrical power plant that keeps you on the move in Federal Way and Sumner. If your alternator is on its last legs you might notice your lights dimming or engine stalling, Without an alternator you’d be stranded, so it’s crucial to recognize when an alternator has gone bad. Learn more about your car’s electric system with Sunset Kia of Auburn, then schedule an appointment if you notice your vehicle lacking power.



Symptoms of a Bad Alternator

Most often, before an alternator stops working altogether, it will provide some signals that it’s on its last legs. If you notice any of these signs your alternator is dying, schedule service as soon as possible. Because when your alternator stops working, you will be stranded.

  • Dimmer Dash Lights.
  • Your Service Engine Light Will Be Fully Illuminated.
  • Strange Noises Within The Car.
  • Issues With Car Electrical Systems, including Automatic Windows, Power Seats, etc.
  • Starting Your Car Seems to Be Getting More Difficult or Complicated.
  • Dead Car Battery.

The good news is that most alternators last from seven to ten years with normal driving in Puyallup,

How Much is an Alternator?

When any large, important component that keeps your car running needs to be replaced, it’s easy to think the worst when it comes to price. If you dread asking how much an alternator is, that’s understandable. Your alternator’s cost will depend on the kind of alternator you need. The part by itself can cost between $300 and $500 from a parts department like the one at Sunset Kia of Auburn. If you know your way around an engine and plan to replace the alternator yourself, you can even order it from us without leaving home. However, if you’re like most people and want professionals to do the job, that will add to the alternator cost. Our service specials and part specials can help offset some of the cost.

Get Your Alternator Replaced at Sunset Kia of Auburn

Is it time for a new alternator? Let Sunset Kia of Auburn help you get back on the road! Or, if you’d like to learn more about your car and how it operates, our certified technicians are great about sharing their knowledge. Just visit our service tips to find out more!


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