Car Alternators: How Do They Work?

Every car today has an electrical system that generates and stores electricity. Electricity starts the engine, keeps it running, and powers all of your car's electronics and lights.

If your car didn't generate electricity, the battery would run down and go dead, just like the batteries in a flashlight. How does your car generate electricity? That's the job of the alternator. Alternators are generators that use the mechanical motion of the engine to generate a constant electrical current. That current recharges the battery when the engine is running.

If you have problems keeping your battery charged, you shouldn't assume it's the battery that's gone bad. It could be the alternator failing to charge it. Here at All American Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram of Odessa, our technicians can diagnose electrical problems and fixed exactly what's gone wrong. Bring your vehicle to our service center in Odessa and have it inspected.

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