Westgate High-Tech Auto Care

12300 W. Center Rd., Omaha, Nebraska 68144
Phone: (402) 397- 8144

 

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Alternators & Starters

  

ALTERNATOR

If you've noticed your car acting up lately, or it's time for one of your regularly scheduled maintenance services, bring your car to Westgate High-Tech Auto Care in Omaha NE. Do you hear strange sounds like knocking or grinding? Have you begun to notice fluids leaking underneath your car? Is it time for your inspection or tune up? We've long been the choice for alternator replacement in Omaha Nebraska, so whatever you need, come see us today!

A bad alternator could be the cause of your dead battery.

If you're having to constantly jump you battery, or if you just replaced it with a new battery that still doesn't seem to hold a charge, that's a good chance that the real problem is with your alternator.

When you're driving your car around the Omaha area, the alternator provides electricity to various components like your dashboard lights and air conditioner. Any extra power it creates gets stored in the car's battery for later use. If your alternator isn't charging you battery, then the next time you go to start your car, you have to deal with the frustration of a dead battery.

This is often misdiagnosed as a bad battery, especially if it's an older battery, but you can save time and a further hassle by having your car serviced correctly by out trained mechanics. Bring your car or truck to our shop just Westgate High-Tech Auto Care in Omaha Nebraska for alternator replacement that you can trust.

 

 

What is an alternator?
An automotive charging system is made up of three major components: the battery, the voltage regulator and an alternator. The alternator works with the battery to generate power for the electrical components of a vehicle, like the interior and exterior lights, and the instrument panel. An alternator gets its name from the term alternating current (AC).

 

Starter motor
A starter is an electric motor that turns over or "cranks" the engine to start it.

 

 

 

STARTER
When you turn your key it allows electricity to flow from the battery to the starter motor and complete the circuit for the first revolution of your engine.

Starter Motor on carThere are two devices which allow the ignition to fire and start the engine, the Starter Motor and the Solenoid. Because automobile manufactures deemed it more efficient, the solenoid is most commonly attached to the starter. These two devices in conjunction provide a jolt of electricity from your battery to make the engine to “turn over”.

If your car tries to start, but can’t quite get the job done, it could possibly be the starter seeing some trouble. There are generally only a few things that can lead to a starter motor misbehaving.

Weak Battery: A Weak or undercharged battery cannot provide the starter with enough electricity to turn the engine over. Your car may make a rapid clicking noise, or just never quite get started.

Bad Wiring: In order to take the charge from the battery, basic wiring is required. More than anything else, time and heat can take the worst toll on basic electrical components. A simple process of replacing some wiring can be all that’s required, or complete component replacement.

 

There are also a few mechanical issues that can arise with a starter motor that would cause it to fail. The Flywheel, for example is made up of multiple interlocking “teeth” which moves the crankshaft and pistons. Over time the flywheel can degrade and cause the starter to cease functioning.

The process of troubleshooting a starter motor and solenoid combo can quickly become a tiresome task. Let Westgate High-Tech Auto Care in Omaha Nebraska take away the stress of figuring out the problem and provide a quality service for your problem. Our technicians are expert with discovering the issue and finding the best long term solution. Plus, we provide Towing to the shop for service. So if you can’t get your vehicle fired up, give us a ring and we’ll get you back on the road.

 


 

You've probably noticed a bunch of warning lights on your dash when you start your engine. They flash on to test the circuits and then go off if everything's OK. One of the warning lights looks like a car battery. Its job is to tell you if your battery's not charging properly.

 

You know that your battery stores electricity – enough to start your engine and get you moving. But that's about it – you can only get a few miles in Omaha on battery power alone. You need an alternator to generate enough electricity to run your engine and power your electrical accessories like the stereo, power seats, heater fan, on-board computers, and so on. On top of that, the alternator needs to recharge your battery. So when your alternator isn't working properly, there isn't enough electricity for all of those things. When your alternator fails, you aren't going very far.

 

So why would your alternator not work? Usually they've simply worn out. Alternators are driven by your serpentine belt and spin 2 to 3 times faster than the engine – that's a lot of work. The bearings wear out, as do the cooper wire coils and magnets that generate the electricity.

 

There's no sense in hobbling along with an alternator that's not working properly. It will fail at some point and leave you stranded. Get a bad alternator replaced as soon as you can. Your Omaha NE service technician at Westgate High-Tech Auto Care will install an alternator that meets your manufacturer's specifications.

 

Some folks use a lot of additional electrical gizmos in the vehicle, like computers, DVD players, power inverters and such or may regularly tow a camp trailer that's battery recharges as you drive. If that sounds like you, talk with your Omaha service advisor at Westgate High-Tech Auto Care about upgrading to a more heavy duty alternator to meet your needs.

 


 

DID YOU KNOW?

When you replace your alternator, it's a good idea to replace your serpentine belt at the same time. Your technician will have to remove the old belt anyway so he might as well put on a new one when he's done. And the number-1 alternator killer is a battery that's on its last legs; the alternator has to overwork to keep it charged. If your battery is 5 years old; ask your Omaha technician if it's time to replace it. At Westgate High-Tech Auto Care in Omaha we install quality NAPA replacement parts. Give us a call at 402.397.8144 and let us help keep you on the road.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Westgate High-Tech Auto Care

12300 W. Center Road

Omaha, Nebraska 68144
Ph: (402) 397- 8144

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