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what does the alternator do

Your vehicle’s alternator is one of the most integral components of your car’s charging system. Its job is to convert mechanical energy into electrical energy to power your vehicle’s electrical systems and battery. If your alternator isn’t functioning properly, it can lead to a host of problems, including a dead battery, dimming lights, and engine stalling.

What Does the Alternator Do?

At its most basic level, the alternator is a generator that converts mechanical energy into electrical energy. It does this by using a pulley and belt to convert the engine’s rotational energy into an electrical current. The current is then used to power the car’s various electrical systems and recharge the battery.
So, how do you know if you require alternator repair? Here are some common signs:

  • Dimming or Flickering Lights: If you notice that your headlights or dashboard lights are acting funny, it could be a sign that your alternator is struggling to keep up with your car’s electrical demands.
  • Warning Light: Most vehicles have a warning light that illuminates when there is a problem with the alternator. If this light comes on, it’s important to get your car checked as soon as possible.
  • Difficulty Starting: If your car is having trouble starting, it could be a sign that your battery isn’t receiving enough charge from the alternator.
  • Strange Noises: If you hear a grinding or whining sound coming from the front of your car, it could be a sign that the bearings in your alternator are failing.

If you suspect that your alternator is failing, don’t hesitate to get it checked by Sil’s Complete Auto Care Centre. Our experts can help diagnose the problem and recommend the best course of action to keep your car running smoothly.

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