Know Your Vehicle: Alternator | Duluth, GA
Most people have heard of an alternator, but what does it do exactly? Sometimes it’s easy to let the professionals handle all your service needs, but knowing your car better is always a good idea!
An alternator is what drives your car electrically. Most people think the battery does this — and it does to an extent — but the most juice comes from your alternator. The alternator is connected to the engine by the alternator belt, so the alternator rotates along with the engine. Since the alternator is basically a large coil of copper wiring, the rotation of a magnet inside the coil creates an alternating electrical current (hence the name!). This electricity is what powers most of your electronics after your car’s engine is on. The battery is used mainly to get the engine going, and then the alternator charges it back up! If your car starts up fine but the battery quickly dies, the first thing you look at should be the alternator
Are you having problems with your alternator or battery? Acura Carland’s service department is happy to help our customers in the Johns Creek, Atlanta, Alpharetta, or Sandy Springs areas. Come visit us at 3403 Satellite Blvd., Duluth, GA 30096 or call us at (678) 820-4338, or take a look at our current inventory of new vehicles. We’re open Monday through Friday 9:00 AM – 8:00 PM, Saturday 9:00 AM – 6:00 PM, and Sunday 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM.