Every Nissan vehicle has a charging system that generates electricity and recharges the engine-starting battery. At the heart of battery charging is the alternator that is a small generator. The alternator is a drive-belt component positioned in the engine compartment that accepts energy from the serpentine belt and generates electricity as needed to recharge the battery. When the engine is running, the alternator provides the electricity for the vehicle and its components.
Just like any other vehicle part, the alternator can wear out and start to experience the defective performance as it dies. If your Nissan ever has a charging system problem, we invite you to Rolling Hills Nissan for charging system inspection and testing guaranteed to find the root cause and restore peak performance and factory specifications. Our Service Department is conveniently located in St. Joseph, MO near Elwood, KS, and Savannah, MO.
Any problems with alternator performance will likely cause some warning signs to emerge with an electrical component. However, if you detect any of the common warning signs of a charging system problem, it is an excellent decision to have an expert technician asses the situation because of the complexities of the charging system and the electrical instruments needed to test the system.
If you start to experience any of the warning signs, we strongly encourage you to schedule service at Rolling Hills Nissan. Here are the most common warning signs of a faulty alternator:
At Rolling Hills Nissan, the service features an expert technician, specialized electrical testing instruments, and a proven service protocol. The first step is to inspect the condition and performance of the battery. The battery’s and terminal’s physical condition and connections are inspected with corrosion removed.
Once the battery and terminals are in good condition with a strong connection, the battery’s reserve capacity and cold-cranking amps are tested. If the battery is at peak performance, alternator output is then tested with alternator replacement needed for faulty performance. If the alternator is defective, it can get replacement service with a genuine Nissan OEM Part from our Parts Department.