What Is a Car’s Charging System?
Every vehicle relies on a properly working charging system for safe, dependable operation. The charging system provides electrical energy to the vehicle’s starter motor and electrical devices, such as the headlights, dashboard lights, spark plugs, fuses, radio, sensors, and more. Three components comprise the system: the alternator, voltage regulator, and battery. The alternator supplies the electrical power that charges the battery, which is what then stores it. The voltage regulator manages the alternator’s power output to prevent overcharging and damage; a voltage between 13.5 and 14.5 is ideal. Car batteries and charging systems require routine service from our factory-trained experts to ensure your vehicle is in perfect running condition. With routine inspections and diagnostics, we can confirm everything is in order, or make service recommendations for any issues we encounter. To find out more about how we can help, reach out to our team today at 410-902-9629.
Car batteries and charging systems have hard-working and strong components. However, the battery will eventually need replacement, but it can also experience various issues: corrosion, terminal damage, broken internal connections, loose cables, and low electrolyte fluid levels. Keep an eye out for clicking sounds, intermittent starting, and dim exterior/interior lights, as these symptoms can all point to faulty batteries. The alternator’s average lifespan is roughly seven years or 150,000 miles. If your alternator is compromised, it can be due to many reasons: loose or worn belts, misaligned pulleys, bad electrical connections, worn bearings, or common voltage problems. Issues commonly associated with the voltage regulator include damaged ground wire, a loose battery connection, or a corroded or worn battery terminal. Any instance in which your vehicle fails to start, clicking or grinding noise when you start your car, or weakened lighting is likely due to a problem with car batteries and charging systems.
Schedule Car Battery and Charging System Service
To troubleshoot issues with car batteries and charging systems, our ASE-Certified service technicians use specialized diagnostic equipment to access your vehicle's data and pinpoint the cause. Typical service car batteries and charging systems includes a thorough visual inspection of the battery, alternator, and voltage regulator. Our experienced specialists check to confirm that these components can still deliver adequate power and will make the necessary repairs upon inspection, be it cleaning off corrosion, tightening a loose cable, or replacing an entire part. We keep an inventory of top-quality parts in stock, ensuring we always have the piece we need when we need them. We offer a lifetime warranty with many of our services, free shuttle service, digital inspections, and more. A properly functioning charging system is integral to the performance and safety of your car, truck, or SUV. You can schedule an appointment online or by phone at 410-902-9629 and ensure your car is always at its best. Our auto repair shop is located at 9629 Reisterstown Road, Owings Mills, MD 21117.