The alternator seal is the device that generates power for your car battery. It generates electric energy, also helps charge the battery by acting as a generator. The power generated from the battery keeps the electronic components and other vital automated processes running. BMW alternators last up to seven years or between 80,000 to 150,000 miles.
The alternator helps to redirect electricity to many automated processes of your BMW. If you notice that your door locks, dash lights, windshield wipers, or headlights are not working or they are malfunctioning, then it could be a result of an alternator issue. The pump is lubricated with oil from the engine. The oil seal can fail and this will result in an oil leak.
If your BMW immediately stalls, it’s a sign of a bad alternator. The alternator keeps all the electric components of your car working properly as well as charging the battery.
You can find out where the leak is from if you check your oil level by inspecting the dipstick. If you have low oil and you are sure you are seeing engine oil drips, look out for amber fluid that’s slippery and smells like chemicals, if you notice this then there’s likely to be a leak.
If more quantity of hot oil gets into the alternator, it could burn out leading to alternator failure. An oil leak break in an alternator could burn out leading to alternator failure. Fixing oil leakage from a bad alternator seal is the same as fixing a bad alternator seal.
If you ever experience oil leakage from the alternator seal of your BMW, Masters European & Japanese Auto Repair are experienced and ASE-certified mechanics in Mill Valley who believe in quality services done right, and we can repair your alternator seal.
Since 1978, our family-owned and operated shop has been a go-to for drivers around Corte Madera, Larkspur, Sausalito, Tiburon, CA, and Mill Valley area. We take pride in providing you with quality for your car. Visit us today or call us on (415) 383-2382 to schedule an appointment with us today!
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