What Function Does the Alternator Perform?

The alternator is a key component of the modern-day automobile; it powers the vehicle's electrical systems while the engine is running. You must have a functioning alternator for your car to run.

How Does The Alternator Work?

After the battery is initially used to power the starter in order to start the engine, the alternator(or generator) is then turned by the belt to generate electricity for the car.

How Do I Know If My Alternator Is Bad?

There are a few very obvious signs to recognize that your alternator has taken a turn for the worse. The first and most obvious sign is that you will lose power to the instrument cluster, and soon after your engine will shut off. Another really obvious sign is that a warning light will illuminate on the instrument cluster; commonly a light that looks like a battery or says "GEN" or "ALT."

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