Your alternator is the device attached to the engine, driven by a belt from the main pulley at roughly one half engine RPM. Most alternators have a voltage regulator built into the main assembly. This voltage regulator converts the 110 Volts AC and about 70 amps to 14 Volts DC, maintaining the same 70 amps.
This power is then stored in the battery for future use. The alternator doesn't require periodic maintenance except for occasional belt replacement or tightening. If the voltage output of the alternator is below 12 volts DC, the charge light on the dash comes on. When this light is on, the battery supplies power only.
Since the battery is of limited duration, all nonessential functions must be discontinued. The battery will only last several minutes if anything more than the engine is running. If any of this sounds like something you are having problems with give us a call!!!
Your engine starter is designed to utilize a 12 volt, high amperage electrical system made to turn a engine over for starting purposes. basically a starter is a electric motor with a small gear and bendix assembly. The starter is designed to extend the bendix and turn the flywheel over to start the engine.
When you hear noises from your starter such as grinding or the starter spinning but not turning the engine over it is time to get it looked at. Give us a call!
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