The electrical charging system in your vehicle is generally made up of three major components: the battery, voltage regulator, and alternator. The battery and alternator will work together to generate power for the electrical components of a vehicle. Alternators are generally found near the front of the engine. They are driven by the crankshaft, which converts the up and down motion of the pistons into a circular movement. When this movement turns the components of the alternator it produces power through electromagnetism.
If the vehicle does not start properly, it could be an issue with the alternator, but also the battery. It is always best to have us inspect it for you so the right part is repaired or replaced. If you start to notice the vehicle is difficult to start, bring it in for a proper inspection. You will not want to wait until it is too late and the vehicle does not start at all. Also if the alternator is going bad, you may start losing power as you drive. The radio might go out, followed by the headlights flickering. Then you may notice the vehicle starting to sputter and lose power for operating. If you are you driving, you do not want this to happen, especially if you are far from home.
Noticing an issue with the vehicle should always be taken seriously. Bring it in for a proper look over. You will save money and stress if you are able to notice the issue at the first sign, rather than letting it get worse over time. This will also increase the chance of a higher bill. So if you notice an electrical problem with your car, bring it in.