Leeds is a city in West Yorkshire with an estimated population of 785,000.
Leeds has become the largest legal and financial centre outside London. Its financial and insurance industries are worth £13billion to the city’s economy alone. It is also the UK’s 3rd largest manufacturing centre employing around 39k employees and adding over £7billion to the economy.
Home to Leeds Rhinos rugby league team, Yorkshire Carnegie rugby union team, Headingly and Yorkshire County Cricket Club, perhaps the most famous of Leeds’ sporting champions is Leeds United FC. Formed in 1919, and situated at the Elland Road Stadium, they have won The FA Cup, The League Cup and were runners-up in the European Cup and the European Cup Winners Cup to boot.
The most popular cars in Leeds
With Leeds location sitting in the heart of the West Riding, the VW Golf is an ideal family car and city commute vehicle; it is estimated to be the most popular car in Leeds, according to data provided between 2012 to 2018 by ownership and postcode.
Close on its heels—and in order of popularity—are the Mercedes A-Class, Ford Fiesta, VW Tiguan and the Nissan Qashqai.
Vehicle numbers in Leeds
There are approximately 314,000 licensed vehicles in the Leeds area, with some of the most popular models including the Ford Focus, the Mini and the VW Polo.
Fixter garages in Leeds
There are a total of 19 Fixter garages in the Leeds area, all ready and waiting to provide you with a fantastic quote for your car service, MOT and a wide range of vehicle repairs.
Fixter garages service the following postcodes and more, in and around the Leeds area:
- LS1: City Centre, Leeds
- LS2: Woodhouse, Leeds
- LS3 & LS4: Burley & Kirkstall, Leeds
- LS5: Hawksworth, Leeds
- LS6: Headingly, Hyde Park, Beckett Park & Meanwood, Leeds
- LS7: Chapel Allerton, Beck Hill Lovell Park & Potternewton, Leeds
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.