Car Not Starting: Battery or Alternator Issue?

Won’t your car start? Most often, startup problems are caused by battery drain or shutdown, or a defective alternator. Some of the most common signs of battery problems are:

  • Absence of sound and lights when you are trying to start the car
  • An unusual clicking noise when you turn the key in the ignition switch
  • Slower movement of the engine
  • Headlights that are noticeably weaker than normal
  • Backfiring
  • The need to put your foot on the gas pedal for the car to start

If the battery is or seems to be dead, try jump-starting the vehicle. When your car starts, the culprit is the battery. You need to test the battery to see if it has reached the end of its life and if it needs to be replaced.

If the jump starter does not resolve the issue, or if the car does not show these symptoms,  a defective alternator may be the cause of the issue. The signs of a defective alternator are:

  • Problems with your car’s electronics
  • Stalling of your car of it started
  • Weird burnt smell
  • Twinkling headlights
  • Warning lights of alternator shows on

If your car is currently experiencing symptoms the same as what’s mentioned above, you could really be having issues with the alternator, which is failing to recharge your battery. The best thing is to have your vehicle checked by a car mechanic expert for the issue to be fixed to prevent worse issues.

If the battery warning label is lit on the dashboard, it does not necessarily mean that there is a problem with the battery. This light may also indicate a problem with the vehicle’s electrical system. When the alternator voltage drops below the intended capacity, the battery warning light will come on.

Your car’s battery gives the charge that allows your car to start. After your car starts, the alternator will return back power so that you can charge your battery while your car is driving. This electricity not only starts your car but also powers all the electronics in your car.

If the car doesn’t start, it’s important to find out why. Whether it’s a battery problem or an alternator problem, you can keep your car running and avoid costly damage by acting quickly. HEART Certified Auto Care can check your car and reach the root of the problem. It can be difficult for the average person to diagnose which part of these two systems is causing the problem. HEART Auto Care professionals can help you here. Contact us now so you can book an appointment!