You accidentally left on your lights, or some other battery-draining feature. A jump start will send you on your way, lesson learned.
Your battery is too old to hold a charge
If your jump start fails – or your car won’t start the next day – have your battery tested.
Your starting system needs service: It’s not your battery.
There’s a mechanical problem preventing ignition, draining your battery, or keeping your battery from charging as you drive.
Slow cranking engines and dim headlights can sometimes point to a problem with your vehicle’s starting and charging system. Because the battery is required for the electrical charge needed to start the rest of the electrical system, a weak or dead battery can also prevent your car from starting. If a jump start refuses to revive your battery and the starting system, our staff may need to take a closer look at the other components of the starting and charging system to determine whether or not you need a starter replacement or an alternator replacement. All components within your vehicle’s starting and charging system are necessary to ensure proper working order, and one bad link between them can render the entire electrical process useless.
If you experience problems with starting your vehicle or maintaining its power even after trying a jump start, then allow our service staff to perform a starting and charging system check on your vehicle today.
Multiple electrical processes to start your vehicle's engine and keep running
Your vehicle’s starting and charging system is involved in regulating multiple electrical processes to start your vehicle's engine and keep it running. The starting system consists of the battery, a starter motor, and a starter solenoid responsible for starting the engine, while the charging system consists of an alternator and voltage regulator. The charging system is responsible for routing energy throughout the entire electrical process while sustaining the battery’s charge. The battery supplies the electric power necessary to start the vehicle. This process starts when you turn the ignition. Then, the starting system sends power from the battery to the starter solenoid to the starter motor, which turns the engine in order to begin the internal combustion process. The alternator powers the other electrical components in your vehicle while the regulator controls the voltage supplied to each component. The regulator also ensures that the alternator maintains the battery’s charge so that the entire cycle can continue.
Alternator works with the battery and voltage regulator to keep electrical components running
Aluminum body, vents, and an internal or external cooling fan
Alternator pulley is driven by wither a serpentine belt or v-belt
Mechanical energy converted into electrical energy
Internal parts operate to create a magnetic field used to produce the alternating current output
Serves as the charger for the battery
When your alternator begins to malfunction, seek out our alternator replacement service as soon as possible. Warning signs that your alternator requires repair or replacement will involve your vehicle’s electrical components. For example, a dashboard warning light may appear, or headlights may dim. In cases where the alternator begins making noise, it is possible that the belt is simply loose. Other times, the smell of burning rubber may permeate the air and signal a problem.
No matter what symptoms you are experiencing, we can help. The next time you suspect alternator issues, allow us to take a look and help get you back on the road again.
Batteries are fundamental parts of both the charging and starting systems
Role of battery is to send a current of electricity to the starter
Battery is responsible for supplying electricity to other electrical components
Most Vehicles use one battery, but vehicles with diesel engines, eletric vehicles, or vehicles that run a 24-Volt system may require two or more to power engines and electric systems
Without a working battery, an engine won't start
f you are having trouble starting your engine, visit us for a battery replacement service. We will determine if the battery is the cause of the problem and in need of replacement. In addition, our replacement service may be advisable even if your battery is currently working properly. Although new batteries generally perform well for the first three to five years before they are likely to malfunction, battery life can be shortened from extreme weather conditions or improper maintenance. Unless you have access to the right testing tools, there may be little warning that your battery needs to be replaced.
Our staff has the necessary tools to review your battery’s performance. If our results indicate you need a replacement battery, we will help you through the replacement process. If you have questions or concerns about your battery, simply give us a call or contact us online.
When a starter is supplied with electricity from a bttery, will engage the flywheel ring gear and crank the engine
Start the engine, the battery sends a small supply of electricity to the starter solenoid
Starter Solenoid powers the motor which sends a gear to mesh with the ring gear on a vehicle's flywheel
Variety of Starters depend on the vehicle
Direct Drive (DD)
Planetary Gear (PLGR)
Permanent Magnet Gear Reduction (PMGR)
Permanent Magnet Direct Drive (PMDD)
Offset Gear Reduction (OSFR)
In addition to an inoperable engine, there are other factors that indicate a replacement is needed. If your starter is making a clicking sound that lasts momentarily or the crank is operating slowly, you may need to change your vehicle’s starter. We can look over your starter and review whether or not it is the culprit of current vehicular troubles. If you are unfamiliar with the type of starter your vehicle uses, we will help you find the right one for your vehicle make and model.
Our goal is to get your vehicle running again. The drive starts here.
Should I have my Starting & Charging System Checked?
Starting and Charging system is responsible for getting an engine to run and keeping other components charged
Without a starter, an engine would be inoperable
Battery needs to send electricity to the Starter
Alternator powers all the electrical components
Voltage Regulator ensures that the output of the alternator does not over or under-charge the components dependent on electrical currents
The various components that make up your starting and charging system are not impervious to failure from constant use and wear. Warning signs for a starting and charging system include dim headlights, clicking or growling noises, and the presence of dashboard warning lights. During a starting and charging system service, our staff will review the voltage level of your battery, test your alternator, and look over your starter. An inefficient starting and charging system can lead to engine failure, which is makes routine maintenance extremely important. Some components, like the battery, may give little warning before they fail.
Our service staff combines the proper tools with extensive automotive knowledge to test and repair the components of your vehicle’s starting and charging system.