For those not very familiar with the job of an alternator, it is basically a dynamo, or an electricity generating engine. With that said, there is obvious ways you can tell that the alternator may have a problem, one such as warning lights on your dashboard indicating an alternator, battery, amp, or voltage.
I had to start by listing the obvious factors, because you would be surprised by the number of readers that wouldnt link an alternator problem to the battery warning light, or the amp warning light. Now that the basics are covered, lets get down to troubleshooting your alternator without having to a shop to test he generated current. The primary signs of charging problems are a dead battery, a battery that has been dying frequently, and last but not least a slow engine start.
On a concluding point, I suggest that the best investment under five dollars for this sake would be a voltmeter that hooks up to the cars lighter space, this meter would constantly provide you with the current reading. Get a meter, and monitor it, while you are driving, and in different conditions. If the meter reads over 12 more than it does under 12 then your alternator is charging well. For more information about selling your car, check out the Is My Alternator Working As It Should
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Is My Alternator Working As it Should?
By Khalid Mustaffa
The quickest way to check your alternator is by starting the car, then turning on the headlights. If you notice that the headlights are dimmer than normal, this is then indicating that the headlights are running of the battery, and not enough electricity is being generated by the alternator. On the other hand if the light gets brighter, then this is yet another indicator that the alternator is not generating enough current. Last but not least, if the brightness stays normal, then your charging system is fine, and you shouldnt worry about it.
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