The Alternator: Its Purpose and Warning Signs of Malfunction

DCH Tustin Acura knows that vehicles are complicated machines. There are numerous parts that are critical for proper operation. One of these critical parts is your vehicle's alternator. If your alternator goes bad, your car won't work at all.

The alternator in your vehicle serves two primary purposes. The alternator recharges the battery so that you can start your car when you need to. The alternator also works alongside the battery to keep various components of your car operating while it is running. If the alternator doesn't supply enough energy, your car can't function correctly.

There are often warning signs you will notice when your vehicle's alternator is malfunctioning. One of the major signs is dim interior and exterior lighting. Alternators have a tendency to develop a whining sound when they are wearing out. Sometimes, the alternator will start to smell bad when it is wearing down. The smell is like burning rubber.

 

 

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