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The charging system on most cars consists of an alternator, a battery, and an indicator on the dashboard to let you know if the system’s working or not.
The battery provides the voltage to run the car, but if left on its own, the battery would discharge in a matter of hours. To keep the battery fresh and fully powered, cars have a charging system. In most cases, that means an alternator. An alternator is a type of generating device that’s been wired to produce direct current (DC). This is a little different from the alternating current (AC) you’d get from a standard generator, in that the DC from an alternator is always positive. In general, an alternator does a better job of keeping the battery charged than an old-style generator would.
If your vehicle’s charging system is failing or about to fail there are some signs you may notice. Your car could blow headlights at an alarming rate. Dash lights could flicker. Headlights could dim occasionally for no reason you can see. You could experience a slow start…or a dead car.
When you see any signs of trouble with your charging system or the alternator, bring your vehicle to us and perform a thorough charging system check and get you back on the road with confidence your car will continue to get you where you’re going safely.
At AAA | Bob Sumerel Tire and Service, we’ll help you stay on top of vehicle maintenance and repair. Contact us online or call today to schedule your service at one of our convenient locations in and around the Cincinnati, OH, area.
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