How To Troubleshoot An Alternator On A Garbage Truck

How To Troubleshoot An Alternator On A Garbage Truck

Trucks are complex machines, and sometimes, issues can occur that require a bit of troubleshooting. One common problem with garbage trucks, as with any vehicle, is alternator issues. The alternator is a critical component, providing power to the vehicle’s electrical system and charging the battery when the truck is running. Here’s how you can troubleshoot an alternator on a garbage truck.

Check the Alternator Belt

The first thing you should do when troubleshooting is to check the alternator belt. If the belt is loose, the alternator won’t get enough power to charge the battery or run the electrical system.

Test the Battery

If the alternator belt seems fine, the next step is to test the battery. If the battery can’t hold a charge, it might be the battery itself that’s the issue, not the alternator.

Check the Alternator’s Voltage Output

If the battery is in good condition, you can proceed to check the alternator’s voltage output. You can do this with a voltmeter while the engine is running. If the voltage reading is below 13.5V, it’s likely that your alternator is failing.

Inspect the Alternator for Physical Damage

Physical damage to the alternator can also cause issues. Look for signs of wear and tear, such as frayed wires or loose connections.

If these steps don’t solve your problem, or if you’re uncomfortable performing them yourself, it’s time to call in the experts. Contact Auto Electric Re-Builders at 830 John Counter Blvd, Kingston, ON K7K 2R1, Canada or give us a call at +1 613-544-7466. We’ll get your garbage truck back up and running in no time.