Can a bad battery damage an alternator?

Can a bad battery damage an alternator?

A “weak” battery can’t consume much of a charge either so it won’t be much of a load on the alternator. So, no, a weak battery won’t hurt your alternator.

What happens if you have a bad alternator in your car?

The car won’t start at all. If the problem is a bad alternator, your car will slowly lose power. You’ll be driving down the road, your lights will dim, and you’ll lose power and die. If the problem is with your battery, then you’ll generally only have trouble starting your car since that’s the battery’s main function.

How to diagnose an alternator or electrical problem?

Diagnosing alternator problems can be a bit tricky because the electrical system in a car comes from two places, the battery and the alternator. I’ll give you a little background so you can understand what both systems do. The battery has one primary function, which is to start the car.

When do you need a new battery and alternator?

Saturday afternoon, he calls to tell me that I need a new battery and alternator. He said he drove it made several stops and Saturday morning took it to pick up parts. Upon returning to my car it would not start. He removed the battery took it home to charge and found battery and alternator needed to be replaced. Alternator had oil leakage in it.

How much oil needs to leak into an alternator to cause th?

Alternator had oil leakage in it. He replaced battery and alternator made several stops again and dropped my car off Sunday Evening. My husband drove the car Monday morning to drop my son off at work and upon returning home battery lights came on radio died and car died.

What are the symptoms of a bad alternator?

In rare occasions the service engine soon light may light up. Also, some vehicles have an “alt” light that specifically tells you there is a problem with the charging system, and not the battery itself. Outside of the battery warning light, a dead battery is the most common symptom of a bad alternator.

Can a bad alternator cause the battery to die?

Wait for some time. If the engine starts and dies again immediately, that means that the alternator is not charging the battery. But, if the engine starts and continues running, most likely, the problem is the battery. Take note though, that a bad alternator can cause your battery to die fast. What Is An Alternator And What Does It Do?

How long can a car go without an alternator?

When you drive without a functioning alternator, your vehicle can only go for around Twenty-five miles before the battery is empty if you had a fully charged battery. Twenty-five miles translates to a maximum of approximately 30 minutes of driving.

Can you jump start a car with a bad alternator?

Yes. The alternator recharges the battery while driving, so if it is faulty, it will put more pressure on your battery. This can result in faster draining, frequent need for jumpstarting and other undesirable activities that end up killing the cell. Can you jump start a car with a bad alternator?

Posted In Q&A