Do You Know What Your Alternator Does and How It Works?

August 3rd, 2020 by

An alternator is a critical part of your car’s electric system. If it starts having problems, you could end up stranded on the side of the road waiting for a tow truck. Get to know what an alternator does and how it works.

An alternator is actually a generator. As the engine runs, it turns wheels. Those wheels connect to the alternator via a belt. As the belt turns, it cranks a wheel in the alternator. This cranking motion generates electricity. That electricity charges the battery and runs the vehicle’s electric system.

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If the alternator has a problem, you may get an alert on your dashboard. Alternatively, you may see the overhead lights go dim. If the vehicle dies, try jumping it. Then, take the cables off. If it dies again, you likely have a bad alternator. With any electric issue, bring your vehicle here to Castle Chevrolet in Villa Park, IL for service.

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