Here’s a myth: the battery is the all-powerful component responsible for jolting your car’s electrical parts to steady performance. Partly true since it provides the energy needed to set in motion the starter, which, as its name suggests, starts your car. But when it comes to engaging your lights, the air-conditioning system, the electronic locking and immobilization systems—is it still the battery or alternator? Definitely the alternator!
So how does an alternator work? An integral part of your car’s charging system, the alternator produces alternating current, which, in turn, is internally converted to direct current to recharge your car’s battery and power its electrical parts and accessories. It is driven by the serpentine belt and works according to the revolutions of the engine.
It is the alternator’s job to keep everything electrical in check and functioning after your car has started—car alarms, audio visual equipment, gauges, on-board computers, mobile phone kits, chargers, heaters, defrosters, you name it.
It goes without saying then that once it fails, repair or replacement is in order to maintain not just the flow of in-car power but also the convenience you get from it as you drive. While alternators usually last for about a decade without maintenance—and the car can still run on battery power if the alternator’s gone kaput, though only for a short time—it is a must to look out for it to ensure maximum performance from your car’s electrics.
Now comes the question, “how do I know if my alternator is failing?” How to tell if alternator is bad can be tricky to the inexperienced driver. As such, it helps to know the signs of a bad alternator. One sure indication is if you see a warning light that looks like a car battery (or sometimes the word “GEN” or “ALT”) illuminate on your dashboard gauge. This means your charging system is experiencing problems. Another would be your headlights and dash lights becoming dim when your car is at idle. Then there’s the squeal. That dreaded sound is also a symptom of alternator failure.
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