What does an alternator do?
The alternator is the device responsible for generating electricity to charge the battery. It’s coupled with the engine drive, which means whenever the car is running, the battery is being charged. Without a charged battery there is no delivery of power to the electrical components or to generate the sparks used to combust the fuel in the engine.
How often should an alternator need replacing?
An alternator typically lasts around 7 years or between 100k and 150k miles.
The law, vehicle regulations and your MOT
Without a correctly functioning alternator, your car is unlikely to hold enough charge in the battery to drive for any purposeful length of time. Having said that, the alternator won’t be tested during an MOT, so as long as the battery has enough charge for the engine and other electrical components to run for the duration of the examination, then it can still achieve a pass.
We do not recommend this in any circumstance. If there is a problem with your alternator, you should have it repaired or replaced as soon as possible.
What causes an alternator to stop working correctly?
An alternator might break down due to a bearing failure, preventing the rotor from spinning freely. Fluid leaks or a too tight belt (or a loose belt slipping) can also cause damage and premature wearing.
Symptoms of a malfunctioning alternator
When the battery is flat
If your battery is flat and refuses to accept charge through normal driving, then your alternator could be the problem.
The lights aren’t as bright as normal
If your headlamps aren’t as bright as normal or the function of other electrical components is weak, your alternator may not be supplying as much charge to the battery as it needs.
The battery warning light is illuminated on the dashboard
All warning lights are an indicator that a sensor has detected a failed component or poor operation. A battery warning light could be connected to your alternator performance.
Land Rover is a luxury car brand that specialises in 4-wheel-drive vehicles.
Regarded as a British icon, the company came into effect in 1978, but previous versions were built as part of the Rover Company, dating back as early as 1947.
It is currently part of Jaguar Land Rover; owned by India’s Tata Motors since its acquisition in 2008.
How popular is Land Rover in the United Kingdom?
The number of Land Rovers on the roads continues to grow. This could be due to a rise in popularity or their indestructible nature and go anywhere, handle anything design and build.
There are around 940k on the UK roads today—and not just on the roads—they’re authentic working vehicles chosen by the majority as their commercial off-roader of choice.
Luxury executive vehicles built for getting dirty
The once army-style paint schemes and boxy vehicles of yesteryear have long-since been replaced by the modern Land Rover. These cars offer genuine luxury interiors, advanced media and drive control technology, and look every inch the part working on a farm, climbing through forestry or attending a charity event at Sandringham or Kensington.
Range Rover: the opulent end of the Land Rover range
The ultimate Range Rover starts with a price tag of £83k, and for that you’ll get a car with class-leading features, excellent components and incredible off-road performance. It’s a first-class travel experience with tomorrow’s technology built in. Every element has been scrupulously designed—and it shows.
Land Rover’s reliability and reputation
Land Rover shamefully ranked 30th out of 30 car brands in the What Car? Reliability Survey in 2018. For an off-roader designed to go anywhere, you’d expect it to be indestructible, but it scored only 76.5% reliability from its drivers taking part in the survey.
Recent Land Rover recalls and reliability issues
Various recalls have been made on Land Rover models throughout their motoring history. The following are a list of the most recent in the UK and Europe.
13/04/2019 – Land Rover Range Rover Evoque (2018–2019)
The indicated fuel level may be inaccurate
10/03/2019 – Land Rover Discovery, Land Rover Discovery Sport, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, Land Rover Range Rover Sport and Land Rover Range Rover Velar (2015–2018)
Certain vehicles fitted with 2.0L diesel engines may emit excessive levels of CO2
02/02/2019 – Land Rover Discovery, Land Rover Range Rover Velar and Land Rover Range Rover/Sport (2018)
The crankshaft pulley retaining bolt may fracture
01/02/2019 – Land Rover Range Rover/Sport (2017–2018)
The directional indicators may fail to operate due to faulty software
05/10/2018 – Land Rover Discovery and Land Rover Range Rover (2017–2018)
The autonomous emergency braking feature may not activate
15/09/2018 – Land Rover Range Rover PHEV (2017–2018)
The fuel level gauge does not work properly for fuel levels below 30%
30/03/2018 – Range Rover Velar (2017)
The heating, ventilation and air conditioning system may fail to de-mist the interior windows
04/03/2018 – Land Rover Discovery Sport (2016–2018)
The brazing of the fuel rail end caps may not properly seal the fuel rail ends
All recall information sourced from gov.co.uk data.