Your vehicle's alternator is not a large part, but it plays a major part in making sure that your vehicle operates correctly. Many people think that the car's components work off of the battery while the car is running. Fred Martin of Youngstown in Youngstown, OH wants you to know that the alternator does a lot of work as well.

The alternator is the part that generates the energy that is needed to recharge the battery and keep it charged after it turns over the starter. The alternator works with the battery to keep the lights on and power other components in your vehicle.

The alternator on your vehicle can go bad. If it fails, your battery will run down, and your car won't start. Alternators often make a high-pitched squeal when they aren't working right. They can also emit a bad smell like rubber burning. If your headlights are dim, your alternator might be working poorly.

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