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Much like a generator, your Alternator produces electricity for your vehicle. Your battery supplies some electricity but the majority of the electrical mechanisms in your car require the power your Alternator provides.

The Alternator provides electricity to your cooling fan, radio, air conditioning, defroster, headlights and windshield wipers. When your Alternator dies or malfunctions your car will still run directly off of your battery. However, not for long! Because of this it is often hard to tell when exactly the Alternator has died. One clue that there may be an issues with the Alternator is a harsh noise or if your headlights start acting strange, working one moment and then not working the next, basically being intermittent.

Make sure to check that the belts on the Alternator have not cracked or if they are loose before replacing the Alternator completely. Many times people replace the Alternator when the issue was really just a cracked belt. Obviously replacing the belt would be much easier and less expensive fix.

Many places will give you the option of buying rebuilt Alternator if yours does need to be replaced. This is a safe and less expensive option. Rebuilt Alternators are usually very reliable and can save you a lot of money. .