The Importance of Your Vehicle's Alternator

Here at Hixson Lincoln in Alexandria, LA, we have a goal to help you keep your vehicle in good condition. The alternator is an important component of your vehicle's electrical system, and if your alternator fails, then it can cause the vehicle to suddenly shut down.

An alternator has two primary functions, which include recharging the battery while your car is running and working with the battery to keep electrical components, such as windshield wipers and headlights, functioning properly.

Because an alternator and battery are closely connected, it can be difficult to determine if you're having problems with the battery or alternator. If you jumpstart your vehicle and it dies shortly after, then it's probably a problem with the alternator. Other signs of a failing alternator include dimming lights, the smell of burning rubber, or a whining or growling noise coming from under the hood. If there's something wrong with your alternator, it needs to be serviced immediately.

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