Many people think that the battery powers all of the electronics in their car. However, that is not entirely the case. The battery provides the necessary electricity to start the car. While it is running, the alternator is what generates the energy feeding the electrical system and keeping the battery charged.
The alternator acts as a generator for your vehicle. When it fails, your car relies solely on the battery until it is completely drained. Dim lights, failing gauges, burning rubber smells, and screeching or whining are all signs that an issue is present with the alternator.
It can sometimes be difficult to tell if the issue is related to the battery or the alternator, as they are very closely connected. One way to test is to jumpstart a dead car with jumper cables. If the vehicle dies shortly after the cables are removed, the alternator is most likely the problem. If it continues to run, the battery most likely needs to be charged.
At Millikan Battery & Electric, our team is experienced in Apopka auto repair for electronic issues. We have been assisting vehicle owners with their alternator problems since 1975 and have gained the reputation of mechanics you can trust. If you think you are having trouble with your alternator, give us a call at (407) 886-8285 to schedule service with our team.