In order to be able to quickly identify which part of your car is wrong, it is imperative that you know and understand a little bit of something about what purpose each part of your car serves. It may seem daunting but knowing what to tell the mechanic once an issue arises can save you a lot of time and money.
An alternator is a car part that helps remove boredom out of the equation when driving your car. In its absence you would be unable to listen to music, light your cigarette or charge your phone and so much more. Even worse, imagine not being able to drive your car because it won’t start? But what exactly do Porsche alternators do?
It Recharges the Car Battery
The main reason an alternator exists inside your car is to recharge your car battery. A new car battery can keep running for at least 20 minutes in the absence of an alternator. If the alternator has a malfunction a normal car battery would have only enough power to start the car. It may be challenging or altogether impossible to thereafter perform other functions like turning on the radio or using the headlights. The alternator is designed to run and generate electricity for as long as the car engine is also on. Porsche alternators working in superb condition mean you have a good battery well capable of keeping all your car electrical systems on.
Turns Mechanical Power into Electrical Power
Inside the crank shaft are pistons which collect gasoline from the car’s gas tank. Here, combustion occurs. The resulting energy is conveyed on to a belt attached to the alternator. The alternator has pulleys that help to spin this belt. This in turn powers the copper wire coil and magnet which is ultimately how electricity is produced. From gas, mechanical power is turned into electricity all thanks to different components that makeup the alternator. Overtime, the alternator belt may underperform and end up producing less electricity. It helps to go to the garage and have a trained mechanic inspect your alternator just to make sure it is tight enough to work well.
Supply Electricity to Your Car’s Electric System
Porsche alternators help power different accessories that make up the electrical system. The battery alone can power some accessories but the alternator does most of the work. The car electrical system includes parts such as the headlights, radio, engine cooling fans, wipers, power steering, and ignition. If at some point you have reason to think that your alternator has a problem, it is advisable to turn off some of these parts. This helps you utilize the little energy you have at least until you get to your destination or to the garage where you can get it repaired.
More often than not, car batteries and not the alternators are to blame for the car’s inability to move or power its own electrical system. Don’t be too quick to point a finger at your alternator. Instead if your car is experiencing power issues, have a professional look into it. This helps eliminate all other possibilities and ascertain where the issue truly lies.