What Does an Alternator Do?

The battery is responsible for the initial charge to your car’s system when you turn the key on. After that, the alternator steps in and keeps everything charged, including the battery. The alternator acts like a generator that receives its power from the engine through a belt drive.

You are able to enjoy the benefits of the alternator for many years without needing to bother with servicing it. When it does go out, however, you should take care of replacing it as soon as possible. You will be able to jump the vehicle to charge the battery long enough to get you somewhere in the day light, but it won’t sustain lights for night driving. Once you shut the car off, it won’t restart without another jump.

Our experienced technicians at Emerling Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram in Springville are here to assist you. Come by and speak with one when you have questions. Schedule an appointment today!

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