What Does an Alternator Do?

Car Alternator

You’ve probably heard this part’s name before, but you might not be fully aware of what this part does for your vehicle. Your Honda vehicle’s alternator is responsible for keeping the electrical systems functioning as you drive around Sharon. Your battery starts your car, and your alternator keeps everything on after your car starts. 

When do you need to replace your alternator? How much is an alternator replacement? Shenango Honda, your locally-owned dealership and service expert, covers the ins and outs of an alternator. 

 

Signs You Need a New Alternator

Like all parts of a vehicle, there are going to be signs that something is acting up. Since your alternator serves as a core component within your car’s engine, it’s important to know when it needs to be replaced. If you’re not sure when to replace your alternator, here are some warning signs:

 

  • Your dash lights are dimmer than usual. 
  • Your check engine light is on. 
  • You hear strange noises from your vehicle as you drive around Hubbard. 
  • You have issues with electrical systems. 
  • It’s harder to start your car. 
  • Your car battery is dead. 

Usually, it’s recommended that you replace your alternator somewhere between 100,000-150,000 miles. But, if you notice any of these, schedule a service appointment at our locally-owned dealership as soon as possible. 

How Much Is an Alternator Replacement?

We can’t stress enough that an alternator serves as one of the most important parts of any Honda car. Most can last around seven to 10 years without needing to be serviced, but the types of commutes and trips you take outside of Hubbard can change that. Yet if you start noticing any of the problems with your car, then you’ll be considering an alternator replacement. How much is an alternator replacement? It depends on different factors. 

 

Some service technicians will use repurposed alternators in their replacements which can cost between $300 to $500. Many dealers will offer a warranty on these options that lasts between one and three years. In contrast, new alternators will cost $500 to $1,000 with far more limited warranties. For more questions, you can always reach out to our parts center, and don’t forget that our service specials can give you a discount if you have our service team install a new alternator for you. 

Service Your Alternator in Hermitage

To make sure your alternator continues to run at its best, contact Shenango Honda. Our locally-owned dealership service center can help you find the right new alternator for your Honda vehicle if you want to install the part yourself, or they can do it for you. Either way, we’ll help you get back on the road in no time!

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