The Role the Alternator Plays in Powering Your Car

Although a car's battery provides the electricity necessary to start your vehicle, it's the alternator that generates the energy needed to charge the battery so that the electrical system works. In fact, up until recently, a vehicle's alternator was actually called a generator since its purpose was to generate energy.

At St. Marys Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat in Kersey, our service technicians advise customers about a simple test to determine if it's the alternator or the battery that's at fault if you can't get your car to start. If after jump starting a dead car, it runs for a short time and then quits, it's likely a bad alternator. If the car continues running, it's time to inspect your battery.

Never ignore GEN or ALT warning lights on your instrument panel. This is a clear sign you need to make an appointment at our St. Marys Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat service department so we can check your alternator's health.

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