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How does the overall Charging System Work?


The alternator is the component that charges the battery in your car. When you use electrical components in your vehicle (stereo, lights, etc.), the battery loses power. The alternator recharges the battery, replenishing the lost battery power. If the alternator is not working correctly, your car will only stay running until the battery power drains out. Once the battery loses power, your vehicle will not start.


Typically, a malfunctioning alternator and battery will turn on the battery warning light or have a low volt gauge reading.


Before replacing the alternator or battery:


CHIPCENTRIC expert electrician checks the entire charging system before installing a new alternator or battery, including checking battery cables for corrosion and the battery's condition.

Steps when diagnosing the charging problem:

  • Inspect the entire charging system (Battery, cables, alternator).

  • Inspect the drive belts.

  • Test alternator output.

  • Test The battery charging and charge hold ability.

Accordingly, proceed whether replacing battery or alternator or fixing the other problems avoiding the proper charging.

CHIPCENTRIC inspects the condition of the charging system during every major service and cleans and tightens the battery cables during every major service.

What common symptoms indicate you may need to check the charging system?

  • Dead Battery or Battery will not hold a charge.

  • Dim lights.

  • Battery warning light is on.

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