Dead Battery or Bad Alternator? | Wichita Auto Repair

Dead Battery or Bad Alternator? | Wichita Auto Repair

When your car won’t start, Tracy’s Automotive can find the cause and repair it to get you going again.

You were planning to take the kids to Tanganyika Wildlife Park over the weekend, but when you got in the car, it would not start. Instead of a fun day at the park, you spent the day chasing down the cause of the problem and trying to get it fixed.

When a car doesn’t start, the immediate conclusion is that the battery is the problem. But a dead battery is not the only reason a car won’t start. You could also have a problem with your alternator. Sometimes it’s hard to tell which one is the cause.

“Using the process of elimination, find the culprit by bypassing the battery’s role and jump-starting your car. If the engine starts but dies immediately, your alternator probably isn’t keeping your battery charged. If a jump starts and keeps your car running, but the car can’t start again off of its own power, a dead battery is likely your answer,” according to Nationwide Insurance.

More specifically, Nationwide says, another clue is whether the car starts again after you’ve cut it off. If the car kept running after being started but won’t start again after being cut off, then it’s likely the battery. If it was the alternator, you might notice your headlights running brighter when you accelerate and dimming when you slow. Similarly, interior lights tend to dim when your alternator is bad.

No matter if it’s your alternator or your battery if you need a trusted auto technician to have the problem fixed. You can find a reliable Wichita auto repair specialist at Tracy’s Automotive.

Tracy’s Automotive is here to help you. If you don’t have time or feel you can take your car to the shop, Tracy’s Automotive will pick it up at your home or work. Then, after your car is serviced or repaired, Tracy’s Automotive will bring it back to you thoroughly cleaned.

Tracy’s passion for a better tire buying, auto care and auto repair experience drove us to develop the model of Tracy’s Automotive Tire Pros. Tracy’s has turned hard work and inspiration into a booming tire and auto repair provider. Now Tracy’s has three locations and serves customers all over Wichita and Goddard. Tracy’s is thrilled to be a part of your family’s trusted brands for all auto repair and tire needs.

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