Signs My MINI’s Alternator Is Going Bad

East Coast EuroWerks can replace your MINI’s alternator if it has gone bad. The original alternator will last for about seven to 10 years. This equates to about 100,000 miles to 150,000 miles on the odometer. Below, we are going to list the signs that your alternator is going bad. Bring your MINI to our shop as soon as possible so we can replace the alternator and restore your electrical system’s performance.

Accessory Trouble

You might start to have problems with your MINI’s accessories if the alternator is malfunctioning. For example, the power windows may refuse to go up or go down, your power seeds may refuse to adjust, or your entertainment system might start powering down by itself.

Dead Battery

If you are having to jump-start your MINI’s battery all the time, this is a sign that the alternator is no longer able to keep it charged. The only other time you would need to frequently jump-start the battery is if the battery is old and needs to be replaced. Batteries usually last three to four years.

Flickering Lights

Your MINI’s lights may also start to flicker if the alternator is having problems generating power. Sometimes, a faulty alternator will generate too much power and this will make the lights too bright. The lights will be dim if the alternator is having problems generating power.

Frequent Stalling

Another sign that you need a new alternator is engine misfiring accompanied by frequent stalling. This points to your spark plugs failing to receive the power they need from the alternator. The spark plugs get power through the wires from the alternator so they can generate sparks.

Growling Noises

Your MINI’s alternator may start to growl or grind when it is worn out. You will hear the sound coming from the engine. Drive straight to our shop if you hear strange noises in your MINI’s engine. This can be an indication of serious engine trouble or a dead alternator.

Hot Electricity

As we mentioned above, the lights on your MINI will be extremely bright if the alternator is generating too much energy. Too much energy is more than 14.5 volts. This excess energy will also heat up the electrical system in the engine. Consequently, you will smell hot electricity.

Warning Light

Finally, your MINI’s battery light is going to illuminate on the dashboard if the alternator is going bad. The light will stay on until you replace the old alternator with a new one.

We can do that here at East Coast EuroWerks in Wilmington, NC, so call our European auto service shop today.

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