Monthly Archives: November 2018

What Happens When The Alternator Dies?

The auto mechanics at European Autowerks, local to Virginia Beach, Norfolk, and Chesapeake, are experts at the service and repair of alternators. At our auto repair shop, we know all about your car’s alternator, and we are here to tell you what happens when that critical piece of machinery dies.  The alternator in your vehicle converts mechanical energy into electrical energy. The battery is the primary source of power to start your automobile, but it is the alternator that maintains your battery’s charge and provides the energy to run all of your vehicle's electrical components.   When an alternator dies, it stops recharging the battery, and when this happens, the vehicle is running entirely on the battery. When the battery dies, the car dies no matter where it happens to be, similar to how a flashlight battery dies, and it no longer lights. Obviously, this situation is “no bueno” so let’s talk about a few of the warning signs that yo ... read more

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