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How to Detect a Bad Alternator in Your BMW

When most people think about their BMW's electrical system, they immediately think about the battery. While it is normal to think that because the battery provides the charge to start your BMW and run its complex tech systems, the alternator keeps your battery working. The alternator is the component that charges it when your vehicle is running. Without a functional alternator, your car will only run for a short period and shut off all the time. When your engine is running, your alternator is "recycling" power to charge the battery. The alternator is locked in the engine compartment. If your alternator is not working correctly, you will see one or more of the following signs: 

  • The battery warning light has turned on the dashboard
  • Dead battery 
  • The battery can't hold a charge and shuts off mid-drive
  • Dim lights
  • Malfunctioning electrical components such as power windows, power seating, radio, etc. 
  • Odd sounds coming from under the hood

Any of the symptoms listed above can mean that you are due for an alternator repair in Burnaby, BC. When you bring your vehicle to Nixon Automotive, our expert techs will perform a complete inspection of your charging and electrical system. We will also test your vehicle's battery just in case. If you require alternator repairs in the Burnaby BC area, please consider stopping by Nixon Automotive today. We are a reputable auto repair shop specializing in BMWs and MINIs.

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