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Albert Auto Service in Cedar Rapids, a family owned and operated business, was first started in November of 1999. Quickly outgrowing the 16th Ave location, Albert Auto South relocated to 3645 J Street SW in Cedar Rapids. Auto repair services we offer include auto AC repair, brake repair, exhaust repair, transmission repair, and tire repair & sales.

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In today’s Albert Auto Car Care Minute…Alternators.

You’ve probably noticed a bunch of warning lights on your dash when you start your engine. They flash on to test the circuits and then go off if everything’s OK. One of the warning lights looks a lot like a tiny car battery. Its job is to tell you if your vehicle’s battery is not charging properly.
Motorists probably know that their battery stores electricity; enough to start the engine and get moving, but that’s about it. You can only get a few miles on battery power alone. You need an alternator to generate enough electricity to run your vehicle’s engine and power your electrical accessories like the stereo, power seats, heater fan, on-board computers, and so on. On top of that, the alternator needs to recharge your battery. So when your vehicle’s alternator isn’t working, there isn’t enough electricity for all of those things. When your alternator fails, you aren’t going to make it very far.
So why would your vehicle’s alternator not work? Usually they’ve simply worn out. Alternators are driven by your serpentine belt and spin 2 to 3 times faster than the engine. That’s a lot of work! The bearings wear out, as do the copper wire coils and magnets that generate the electricity.
There’s no sense in hobbling along with an alternator that’s not working properly. It will fail at some point and leave you stranded on the side of the road. Get a bad alternator replaced as soon as you can. When you come to Albert Auto for an alternator replacement, we will install an alternator that meets your ‘s particular vehicle’s specifications. Some owners also use a lot of additional electrical gizmos in their vehicles like computers, DVD players, power inverters or may regularly tow a camp trailer that’s battery recharges as you drive. If that sounds like you, think about upgrading to a more heavy duty alternator.

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