The alternator is a part of the modern automobile that is essential to its function. Without an alternator, your car will not run.

So, what exactly does the alternator do? It supplies your vehicle with power while the motor is running. Here's the basic rundown: your battery is used to power the starter to get the engine running. After the engine is running, the belt system turns the alternator (also called generator) which powers all electrical systems within the car while the car is on.

How Do I Know If My Alternator Is Bad?

One indicator of a bad alternator is the loss of function in the instrument gauges/your car stops running.

Another sign that your alternator is bad could be a dash warning light that looks like a battery or says "ALT" or "GEN". If this happens be sure to bring your car into Audi Downtown LA to have it serviced.

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