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Without the charging system, your vehicle would be unable to run. Three major components make up the bulk of this system: the battery, the starter, and the alternator. If the alternator in your Subaru has gone bad, you'll eventually be left with no power. On this page, we go into greater detail on just what the alternator does, as well as how you can tell if it's time to replace it.

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What Does the Alternator Do?

The alternator has two main roles in your Subaru. When the vehicle is running, it powers the electric accessories. This is important enough, since systems like the air conditioning and the internal and external lights all rely on electricity. But the alternator is also doing another job while your car is running: charging the battery. The battery provides the initial burst of current needed to start the car, so a battery without enough charge will eventually be unable to start your vehicle.

How Do I Know if the Alternator or the Battery Is Bad?

A failing battery and a bad alternator have similar symptoms, so figuring out which component is to blame isn't always easy without expertise. However, alternators generally last longer than batteries, meaning that a dead battery is more commonly caused by the battery itself being near the end of its lifespan. But, since it could be either component, it's best to bring your car or SUV to an authorized Subaru service center. The technicians there can inspect the entire charging system to see whether the battery or the alternator is at fault.

While a comprehensive inspection by a factory-trained technician is typically the best and most efficient way to solve any problems your vehicle may have, there are a few things you should know about testing the battery and alternator. For starters, if the battery is dead because the alternator failed, it will need to be charged before a technician can determine whether the battery or alternator was at fault. If the battery was older, it may not be able to be recharged. In that case, it may be necessary to replace both the alternator and the battery. Sometimes, a vehicle may exhibit symptoms of a bad alternator or battery, but neither is to blame. Instead, the issue could be due to a bad starter or even an ignition switch.

While it's easy to blame the battery or alternator for why your car doesn't start, consider that there are a lot of components that need to work every time your engine starts. When you're certain which part is to blame, our parts center is here to help you get the right part the first. Otherwise, we recommend having one of our factory-trained technicians take a look and diagnose the problem. That way, you don't waste money throwing parts at a problem until it goes away.

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Order a New Alternator from Hanson Subaru

The online parts store at Hanson Subaru makes ordering your new alternator a breeze. If you're unsure whether you need a new alternator at all, or if you have any other questions, give us a call or bring your Subaru by our service & parts center at 2300 Carriage Loop SW, Olympia, WA 98502.

Why Choose Hanson Subaru for Genuine Parts & Accessories?

Your Subaru is a special vehicle, which means that it deserves nothing less than the best. At Hanson Subaru, you'll find a huge selection of new OEM and factory-approved parts, fluids, filters, and accessories. Unlike what you may find on the aftermarket, these parts have been tested to meet the same high standards that Subaru is known for. We also make it easy for you to get factory parts at a lower price, thanks to our selection of remanufactured Subaru parts. Our parts experts will be glad to help you find exactly what you're looking for, so don't hesitate to contact them and learn more!

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