Battery vs. Alternator: How to Tell the Difference

When your car has problems starting and the lights grow dim, you could have an issue with either your battery or alternator. However, you may have trouble determining which is the culprit. Fortunately, there is a simple way to tell the difference between a failing battery and alternator.

As soon as you get into your car, start the ignition, and pay attention to your dashboard lights. If the lights start out dim, the problem most likely lies with your battery.

However, if the lights start out bright but gradually dim, the alternator is probably going bad. This dimming occurs because the alternator is unable to maintain a charge after the battery's initial start.

Whether it is your battery or alternator that is going bad, either one of them can leave you stranded on the road. Bring your car to Hyundai Inland Empire to let our qualified mechanics inspect both and make the necessary repairs to keep your car going.



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