While the battery supplies the power to start your vehicle, the starter is really what gets the engine going. The battery supplies a small amount of power to the starter motor. The starter then rotates the flywheel, which turns the crankshaft and begins the movement of the engine’s pistons. It’s difficult to determine when a starter will fail, but an electrical system check at Import Performance can determine the warning signs. We do this by checking if the starter is drawing the proper amount of current. Excessive current draw will indicate a worn starter and a low current draw indicates corroded cables or connections. Too much or too little current exposes the problem, so it can be fixed.
Starter and Alternators
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When your engine is running, the alternator keeps the battery charged and the electrical system going. Your car can start with a faulty alternator, but it won’t be able to run for an extended period of time. If the alternator requires replacement, your vehicle’s electrical system will perform erratically, its battery will discharge, and eventually your engine will lose power. A complete electrical system check from Import Performance will tell you whether the alternator is generating the proper amount of current and voltage, to let you know before your alternator fails.