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One of your vehicle's critical components is the alternator, which can leave you stranded on the roads if it fails completely. The car alternator usually fails in stages, and you can detect if it has any issues through a few symptoms. It is necessary to maintain your alternator and if you can't, you might need to replace it. If the latter happens, DC Power Automotive Solution has alternators for sale that can are perfect for any vehicle. Our car alternators are carefully picked to ensure that you will get only the best ones in the market.
The car alternator is responsible for converting the engine's mechanical energy into the required electrical energy to power the automobile. It is located in the front of the engine. It is powered by the crankshaft, which is driven by the engine and generates an electric voltage between 13.5 and 14.8 volts. Most of your car's electrical components take their necessary power from the alternator, which also recharges the automobile's battery. There is a voltage regulator between the car alternator and the batter to prevent the latter from getting overcharged. If the alternator voltage goes beyond a certain level, the regulator shuts it off. For newer vehicles, the regulator and alternator work as a single unit, whereas in older models, the parts are available separately.
After several years of usage and due to your vehicle's age, the alternator tends to wear out. If you noticed the 'ALT' or 'GEN' light on your car's dashboard light up, then it is a sign of a faulty alternator. Here are other common symptoms of a malfunctioning alternator:
- Dimming or brightening of your car's headlights.
- A growling or whining noise emitted from the engine.
- If your battery discharges more frequently than normal.
- Engine problems such as rough idling, misfiring, poor acceleration and stalling.
If you experience any of the following, you will need to replace your car alternator immediately.