The symptoms of a bad alternator include strange noises, similar to a grinding or whining noise and an illuminated warning light. Other less noticeable and less common symptoms include weird sounds and bad smells. A burn... More »

One of the most notable symptoms of a bad alternator is a clicking noise that is heard when you attempt to start a vehicle. While this clicking noise may mean that the problem is just the battery, other details are neede... More » Vehicles Car Parts & Maintenance

There are two simple tests you can perform to determine if your car's alternator is going bad: a headlight test and a battery test. Once you have narrowed down the issue with these tests, you can perform electrical tests... More »

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The common signs of a bad automotive alternator include a weak battery, dimmed headlights, an odd or burning smell and a whining or grinding noise coming from the front of the vehicle. Alternators are electromechanical d... More »