What is an Alternator?
Your alternator works alongside your battery to generate power for your car’s electrical components. The engine itself doesn’t generate electricity— it relies on a separate power system for the electrical components. This is known as the charging system. It includes the car battery, a voltage regulator, and an alternator. The alternator converts mechanical energy from the engine to electrical energy using an alternating current, that then travels through voltage regulator. The regulator then sends that power to the battery, adjusting the amount of energy to provide a steady flow of power.