What is an alternator, anyway?


Everyone who drives knows that automobiles have batteries. But did you know that your alternator is also a key component of your car's starting and charging system? Your battery just provides power when the car is being started. While you're driving, the alternator is actually producing the power to charge your car's battery.

The alternator features a wheel that is turned when wheels on your car's engine turn. This activity generates power. Picture a dam, or a waterfall. A wheel underneath the flow would be able to transfer the power created by the force of the falling water. That's how your alternator works.

Because of its role, the alternator is one of the most important parts in your car. Trouble with your alternator is a big deal. Strange smells, sounds, and the ALT light should be taken seriously. If you're in Indianola and have a concern about your alternator, stop by Shottenkirk Ford today.
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