The car alternator is an ingenious piece of engineering. It takes energy from the motion of your car and turns it into electricity, rather like a windmill. This electricity keeps your car battery charged and your car's electrical components running smoothly. You can thank your alternator for consistent operation of your car's power features, the infotainment system, defroster, windshield wipers, and headlights.

A Constant Source of Renewable Energy

Think about it: without a source of renewable energy, your car battery would just run out of juice and die. The alternator continuously creates new electricity by transforming mechanical energy as your car travels down country roads and through downtown streets.

How Electricity Flows Through Your Car

The electricity your car alternator creates flows through the battery, powering all of the electrical systems. The alternator also charges your car battery, ensuring it has sufficient power to ignite the car starter and make your engine turn over. Alternators last about 100,000 to 150,000 miles or roughly seven years, requiring routine maintenance and, possibly, replacement.

If you suspect car battery or alternator trouble, roll on down to our service department at DCH Honda of Temecula today for a quick, informative diagnostic.



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