A Brief Note on Car Alternators

If your car's engine fails to turn over, it might be your alternator, not your battery. Alternators supply the electricity that keeps your battery sufficiently charged. This enables it to initiate the starter that gets your engine to turn over. Here are a few tips we here at Crest Honda think are useful to know about alternators.

First, alternators are not batteries. An alternator is a generator that creates energy to constantly feed and recharge your car battery. When you commute into the city or run errands in your neighborhood, your alternator gleans energy from your car's mechanical motion. Like a windmill, the alternator creates electricity from this mechanical energy, allowing it to power windshields, car entertainment systems, performance features, and radiator fans.

Second, if your engine's not turning over consistently, it could be your battery or your alternator. The former has a three- to five-year lifespan, roughly, and the latter can last up to seven years or up to 100,000 to 150,000 miles. It might be time to replace one or both components. To make sure, let our dealership service team give your car a full checkup as soon as possible.

 

 

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