What Is An Alternator And How Do I Know If Its Malfunctioning?

Most of us have heard of an alternator but knowing its purpose can help diagnose the cause of an issue. An alternator, which used to be called a generator, is what charges the battery and runs the electrical components of a car.

While the battery provides electricity for your car to start, the alternator, not the battery, actually provides the electricity. When the car is running, the alternator is recharging the battery. The two parts work as a team to power the electrical components of a car.

If your alternator isn't working properly, you may experience issues such as dim lights, gauges not working, the smell of burning rubber, growling or screeching from under the hood, or the engine suddenly stopping. A clear signal that your alternator is malfunctioning is a warning light shaped like a battery or reading "GEN" or "ALT." When that's happens, come visit Barbour-Hendrick Honda Greenville for unbeatable service.

 

 

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