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My Car Alternator is Smoking – Is It Safe To Drive?

Reader Question

Alternator is smoking when I connect new battery (Connected properly).  All other electronics are functional (radio, lights, etc….) except the reading for battery gauge on the cluster.  Is it safe to drive to a garage and if I install a new alternator will it fix the issue?


Hey there,

Yes, a new alternator will more than likely correct this problem.  I have seen car fires from alternators so I can not tell you to go ahead and drive there in this condition.  Can you do a search for a mobile mechanic in your area to come to you and install an alternator you furnish?  Or have it towed to the shop.

Austin Davis

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