It’s saying your battery and/or alternator is bad.
You come out of work after a long, frustrating day, get in your car or truck, turn the key and click. … Click. …. Click. Click. Clickclickclickclick. Finally, you accept that it just isn’t going to start and you’re probably going to miss tonight’s “Shower the People” Concert on the Square put on by the Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra. That’s irritating enough, but what’s especially irksome is the fact you recently replaced your battery. So it should start, right?
Well, no, the problem could be your alternator, the part that generates the electrical impulse to recharge your battery as it’s running. No alternator means no battery, which means no power. The culprit, according to carsdirect.com, could be many things, including a bad diode in the alternator or simply driving your car or truck for “long periods of time in hot weather.” An early sign of a failing alternator, carsdirect.com says, is to turn on your headlights and “with the vehicle in park, press on the accelerator while a second person observes the headlights. If the headlights flicker, dim or get brighter when the accelerator is pressed down, your alternator may be bad. No change in headlight brightness indicates that your alternator is likely fine.” Likely fine. But carsdirect.com also says the only way to be sure is to have your alternator tested.
Terry’s Car Care is a great place to do that. We have the equipment to easily test your alternator, and battery. Should either – or both – prove to have problems, we can also repair or replace them.