The alternator powers the vehicle’s electrical system, from the on-board computer to the seat warmers to the radio. It also keeps the battery charged. Without the alternator, your car would stop working pretty quickly. The alternator also acts as a starter in the powertrain of hybrid and electric vehicles, as well as those with idle stop-start technology. It’s powered by the batteries instead of a belt. A conventional alternator is driven by a (often multi-purpose) belt, and it turns faster than the engine. It makes millions of revolutions that can wear out the ball bearings, ignition coils, or magnets. The alternator should be inspected and the belt should be replaced at regular intervals as specified by the manufacturer. However, if the voltage drops or if the car becomes difficult to start, it means the battery isn’t charged properly and needs an adjustment or a replacement part. The certified technicians at NAPA AUTOPRO have the expertise to diagnose belt problems, test the battery, or replace the alternator.
Other Electrical Components
Headlights Restoration Service
A recent study showed that 9 out of 10 vehicles have dirty or yellowed headlights. This can decrease nighttime visibility by as much as 90 percent. When you gas up, wipe down your headlights to keep them clean. A headlamp restoration can economically clear up cloudy or yellowed headlight lenses. At Techline Motors in Kitchener we install quality NAPA replacement parts and LED headlights. Give us a call at 519-570-1733 or book an appointment and let us help keep you safely and economically on the road.