If you’re like most people, you could probably use a lesson or two on the inner workings of high-powered vehicles. Even if you don’t drive a truck, you’re probably unaware of the science behind what it is that makes your engine run.
It would take a few lessons or so in auto mechanics before you could master the ins and outs of your vehicle, so, to make things easier, we’re going to focus on the importance of alternators, the part of the engine that generates electricity so the rest of the car will, you know, function.
If you’ve gotten this far, you understand that you need a good alternator if you want a functioning car, but how can you tell if yours is up to speed?
Here’s some information so you can decide.
What Exactly Is An Alternator?
An alternator is a generator that is part of the powered engine. As the crankshaft rolls, the belt attached to the alternator begins to generate the electricity needed to power the rest of the car.
How Do You Know If You Need One?
Since alternators provide the electricity needed for all the other parts of the car to function, logically, you can make the safe assumption that your alternator is probably out of whack whenever any of the other components of your car begin to act up. Some signs that indicate your alternator has called it quits include:
- dimmed car lights while driving at night
- poor flow of air conditioning
- difficulty starting your vehicle
- vehicle has difficulty staying started
Why Else Are Alternators So Important?
Think again if you believe that minor issues aren’t enough to get your car’s alternator checked out. Remember that alternators give life to the rest of the car, including your battery.
Any energy that is not being used by other car parts is used to charge the battery so that your engine maintains enough power to function. All of the lines that run in and out of the alternator reach the battery and the entire car.
What does this mean? It means that a failed alternator equals a dead battery.
Don’t wait until your battery is drained to get an alternator replacement. Get your vehicle checked immediately to avoid paying for additional repairs on top of your new alternator.
The bottom line? Alternators matter a lot.
Don’t neglect your car’s most valuable resource!