Understand Your Car: What is the Function of Your Alternator?

A car's alternator generates electricity and is the essential component to how your vehicle charges up your car's entire energy system. As your engine runs, the alternator charges the battery and supplies additional electric power to other parts of the car. You can find the alternator attached to the engine being driven by the drive belt.

While alternators generally do not require any maintenance, you typically have to replace an alternator after 12 years. While the car may still run on battery power for awhile by itself, eventually the alternator will fail and cause issues, as well as stop your car for good. Without an alternator, your car is unable to charge.

Replacing an alternator can be difficult and expensive, but there are ways to fix the charging system without having to pay as much for the service. You can find great mechanics at San Leandro Chrysler Dodge Jeep RAM who can help you with alternator repair.

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