Watch Out for these 7 Signs of Alternator Trouble

Watch Out for these 7 Signs of Alternator Trouble

Your alternator supplies the juice to your battery. If it fails, then your battery's power reserve could run dry, consequently leaving you stranded. Here's a look at seven common signs of a failing alternator.

Dashboard Indication

Oftentimes, the first indication of an alternator issue is the illumination of a dash light that reads ALT or GEN. In some vehicles, this warning light will turn on in the shape of a small battery.

Dead Battery

If you recently installed a new battery and it has died, then there's reason to suspect alternator trouble---unless of course you left your headlights on!

Dimming/Flickering Headlights

Your alternator supplies power to your headlights. If it is faulty, then problems with your headlights could result. This could create a significant safety hazard if you often drive at night on roads that don't have street lights.

Belt Issues

If you take a look under your hood and see that a belt is too tight, too loose, or has cracked, then you may have discovered the source of your alternator trouble.


For your pistons to continue pumping dependably as you cruise down the road, you need your alternator to function like it's supposed to. If your alternator fails, you could find yourself stalled out and in need of help.

Burning Smell

While several automotive problems can cause a burning odor, one possibility to consider is a slipping alternator belt.

Electrical Accessory Failure

Alternator issues can cause the malfunctioning of electrical accessories such as your radio, power locks, power seats, and power windows.

If you need auto repair, be sure to visit a reputable mechanic. For alternator replacement and electrical system repair in Leawood, Lenexa, and Olathe, KS, contact the experts at Smith Specialty Automotive at (913) 270-1893. Feel free to give Smith Specialty Automotive a call today to schedule an appointment for any of your vehicle's repair or maintenance needs!

Smith Specialty Automotive Blog
Posted: July 12, 2020

Written and Published By MORBiZ