Your vehicle's alternator must be in good repair. The alternator provides electrical power while the engine is running. It also recharges the battery that brings your engine to life. Without an alternator the battery will quickly drain leaving you and your wheels dead in the water.
Telltale signs of alternator repair issues include dash lights that flash momentarily; dimmed or dimming headlights; and flickering gauges. There may even be an odd smell (of burning rubber or hot wires) and/or a growling sound beneath your hood.
Most 21st century vehicle dashboards have instruments clusters that carry warning lights, one of which is an ALT light (short for alternator). At the outset of alternator problems, the ALT light may flicker or light up only when accessories are used.
Do you ask your vehicle to multitask—to run headlights, wiper blades, the radio, heated seats and the like all at once? Your alternator must work harder to supply you with the electricity you need to do all that. When your alternator isn’t working properly, or you’re asking too much of it, it may signal your vehicle to put on the warning light. Dim and extremely-bright headlights frequently indicate an alternator that is going south on you. Accessories that begin to misbehave are another stark symptom that all is not well with your alternator.
Here at Chucks Auto Repair, our AAA-approved for total car care, ASE-certified master mechanics can investigate the symptoms and signs. Then we'll fix whatever is ailing your car, truck or minivan. Scores of satisfied customers for KING TV’s Best of Washington contest voted us the best auto repair shop. Most recently in 2013.
So if you have a sense that your alternator is going out on you, give us a call—our goal is your complete satisfaction and all of our work comes with a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty. We can service your alternator repair needs at our locations in North Seattle and Shoreline. 206-526-1069
I had to bring my car back in due to more electrical problems, the diagnostic fee was waived since I had just been in two weeks ago for similar issues. Solved the problem with a new alternator and that was it! Very fair of the folks to do that. I'll be coming back again.
provided a friendly experience in the shop and on the phone. The shop itself was very clean and organized looking too.
Overall, I will happily take my car back to this shop for all my additional maintenance/work.
Chuck's Auto Repair - Maple Leaf
5 out of 5 stars
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My husband and I have used Chuck’s for almost all our car maintenance and repair for almost 5 years. We’ve always had a great experience and quality work! They always give...
Owen and Ryan. My family loves this place, we have both of our Subaru's maintained by Chucks. My husband uses the Shoreline location, and I use the Maple Leaf location since it's closer to where we live. If you want to have a no hassle car repair experience this is your place. They have both a knowledgeable, and very friendly staff at both locations. Thanks for the great customer service!
I have been a customer at Chuck's for a few years now, with two different vehicles. They always take great care of me and my cars, and offer thorough and honest work. Highly recommended. Thanks guys! -Nickread more
They have serviced our vehicles, and we continue to return for the Excellent service!! This is the most organized, and clean repair facility I have ever been too. Cleaner then most Dealers! Shows the pride the technicians have, and I know they will respect my vehicles in the same manner!!read more