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Do You Have a Problem With Your Alternator?

  • Friday, July 06, 2018

Here at ACC UK Ltd, multi award winning Independent Volvo and Toyota Service, Repair & MOT garage based in Farnborough, Hampshire, we like to bring you handy hints and tips on how to maintain your Volvo or Toyota and how to save money on your annual car running costs. We also like to keep you informed of changes to laws relating to driving and car ownership.

The blog this week is about the alternator in your Volvo or Toyota and some of the symptoms to look out for which could indicate that your alternator may need replacing. Read below to find out...

Alternator replacement

One of the most common issues your car will face is an electrical fault. So, what is one of the possible signs that there may be a fault with the alternator? Well it could be that you notice that your Volvo or Toyota is taking much longer to start even on warm mornings. Or you may have noticed that your interior or exterior lights are dim or possibly flickering? Or perhaps one of your dashboard warning lights has come on? So, what is the role of the alternator? The alternator keeps your battery fully charged, providing the power it needs to start the car.

It is worth noting that electric vehicles don't need alternators since they are driven by an electric motor and battery combination that provides plenty of energy for the vehicle's normal operations. Electric Vehicles and hybrids, which do have alternators, often use regenerative braking systems to give the battery an extra boost. Car batteries wear down over time having used all of their ‘juice’ to power things like your car stereo, wiper blades, heated seats and your lights for example, and having a faulty alternator would mean that the battery will just continue to run down until there is nothing left. Whereas, a healthy alternator would start to do its job the moment your start your Volvo or Toyota engine, by charging up your battery whilst you are driving – like if you plug in your mobile phone to charge whilst at the same time as using it.

If you suspect you have a failing alternator or there is an issue with your car battery or electrics, take your Volvo or Toyota to your local independent repair garage. These problems will not go away on their own – let the experts take a look and diagnose the fault. Happy Motoring Folks!

Here at ACC UK Ltd, Winners of The Motor Trader Independent Garage of The Year 2015, The Inspire Customer Service Excellence 2016 Award, The Eagle Radio Customer Focus 2017 Business Award and The Workshop Magazine Workshop Manager of the Year 2017 Award, we pride ourselves on offering an outstanding customer experience for a fraction of the cost of a dealership. Give us a call and let us quote you for your next service or repair on your Volvo or Toyota. We service all areas around Farnborough, Fleet, Aldershot, Farnham, Guildford, Frimley, Camberley, Hook, Sandhurst, Crowthorne, Yateley, Hampshire and Surrey. We offer free collection and drop off services. We also have a fleet of courtesy cars to allow you to get on with your schedule whilst your Volvo or Toyota is with us. Happy Motoring from all at ACC UK Ltd – Independent Volvo & Toyota servicing, repair and MOT specialists based in the heart of Farnborough, Hampshire.

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