ALTERNATOR & STARTER REPLACEMENT
Don’t let a failed alternator, battery, or starter keep you from enjoying your ride. Bring your vehicle to Sun Auto Service so our certified technicians can get it back on the road as quickly as possible
Starter & Alternator Replacement in Texas
Sun Auto Service has multiple locations in Texas including Austin, Houston, Round Rock, and San Antonio. Visit any of our locations today to have one of our ASE-Certified Technicians replace your starter or alternator.
Starter & Alternator Replacement in Nevada
In Nevada, you’ll find us in Las Vegas, North Las Vegas, and Henderson. Find the location nearest you to replace your starter or alternator. Our ASE-Certified Technicians are ready to get you back on the road.
Possible Signs of A Bad Starter:
- Headlights, taillights and lights on the dash come on, but vehicle does not start
- Engine makes a grinding noise when turning over
- Hear a single clicking sound when turning on your car, but the engine does not start
You may be able to get your vehicle running after retrying for several minutes. However, you should have your starter replaced as soon as possible to prevent additional and often unnecessary repairs.
Possible Signs of A Bad Alternator:
- Battery or alternator symbol is on
- Voltage gauge on the dash reads low
- No power, but clicking noise occurs when the key is turned in the ignition
A bad alternator cannot replenish the power needed by the battery, but it will drain it. So it is important to check the overall condition of your vehicle after replacement.
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The starter in your vehicle is what enables the engine to start up and turn over. It is all too easy to confuse signs of a weak starter with that of a dead battery or alternator. Your car needs a fully charged battery in order for the starter to engage properly. When your starter is failing, your vehicle may exhibit the following symptoms:
- Failure or slow to start
- Clicking sounds or high pitched sounds without response from starter
The alternator on your car keeps the battery charged. When the alternator begins to malfunction, it can prevent your vehicle’s battery from recharging properly.
- Little to no battery power
- Dim lights or loss of electrical accessories
- Battery light or check engine light on
- Engine noise
Alternator Replacement Service
Any time a vehicle is experiencing an electrical problem, a charging system test should be performed. Whether alternator or battery related, a charging system test will be able to determine whether the alternator is providing sufficient output to maintain the system. A battery test will also be performed to confirm there are no internal issues with the battery that could have led to the failure of the alternator. Other components related to the operation of the electrical system, such as the alternator drive belt and the belt tensioner assembly, will be evaluated.
Each vehicle make up can vary from model to model and brand to brand. Some alternator replacements may be a simple repair with minimal tool use, while others may be quite complex. Alternators in many modern vehicles are built right into the anterior side of the engine and may even include coolant passages.
Starter Replacement Service
When the starter on your vehicle fails, a technician will begin the repair process by performing a diagnostic test to confirm the starter is indeed the cause of the trouble. What may be considered a starter issue could actually be caused by a weakened battery, defective neutral safety switch, or other electrical system component.
How Long To Replace Starter
Due to the complexities of some vehicle designs, starter replacement time can vary. There are some vehicles where the service can be performed easily with minimal usage of tools while some replacements may be lengthier. In most cases, the repair can be completed the same day.
How Long To Replace Alternator
Alternator replacement times can vary as well. Depending on your vehicle make or model, the length of replacement time can range from minimal to several hours. The type of alternator you choose to have installed on your vehicle may also determine the overall time. If your vehicle’s alternator is removed and sent off for repair, this could potentially take a few days. A rebuilt or new alternator can be installed within a matter of hours, depending on parts availability, plus the added time for removal of the faulty alternator.