Learn More About Car Alternators

Many people have the preconceived notion that the battery powers the electricity in their car. However, this is not the case. The alternator generates energy while the car is running so that the battery can be charged. Understanding how your vehicle works and having a better understanding of what the alternator does can help you make more informed decisions about your car.

The alternator works in a very similar way to a generator. The gas engine spins wheels under the vehicle's hood. This triggers a crank in the wheel that generates energy. To know whether the alternator is working or failing, look for a warning light that says "GEN" or "ALT".

If you are not familiar with alternators, you may have more questions on this subject. Servicing your vehicle at Thompson’s Honda in Terre Haute, IN is a great way to learn more information about car alternators and what they do.

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