What Does an Alternator Do?

Your car needs the battery to create the first charge that fires up the engine and the electrical system. The alternator works to keep the system charged while you operate your vehicle. The engine and alternator work together through a belt drive to function like a generator.

An alternator usually lasts at least 8 years without the need for service, making it one low-maintenance part on your vehicle. When it does start to go, however, you’ll notice signs like failing dash gauges and dim lights. This is because there isn’t enough of a charge left in the system to do little more than keep it running.

Don’t hesitate to bring your vehicle by Ford of Uniontown in Uniontown, PA when you start to notice a problem. Our knowledgeable staff is here to help. We want to safe on the road.

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