The alternator is one of the most important parts of your car, since it’s the part that generates electricity to keep your battery charged as you drive. If you’ve ever wondered how they do this, we here at Larry Jay Mitsubishi have created a brief guide on how alternators work.
Alternators contain several parts, including a rotor, a stator, a rectifier assembly, and a set of brushes that maintain contact with the rotor, all of which are housed inside an aluminum casing. There’s also a pulley outside the casing.
The word alternator comes from the phrase alternating current. The rotor and stator work together to produce electromagnetic power, which is then sent to the battery. The engine rotates the alternator pulley, which causes the rotor to spin past wire coils that are part of the stator. This produces alternating currents in the rotor and stator. The electricity from this is funneled through stator leads to the rectifier diodes, which send the current in the proper direction.
Alternators also require a voltage regulator that determines the amount of voltage that goes into the engine, since too much can damage it. This isn’t everything there is to know about the alternator, so read up if you’re interested!
As you gaze out into the hot summer from your cool and comfortable car, take a few minutes to say thank you to your air conditioning. We know you don’t want your A/C to fail, so here are a few tips on how to take care of your car’s A/C.
- Turn it on. This is the simplest way to prolong the life of your air conditioner. Simply by using it, you are keeping the compressor in good working order. Auto experts recommend you turn on your air conditioning on its coldest setting for 10 minutes every week—even in the winter. Not only will this keep the parts working, but it will help clear out any excess moisture from your car’s vents.
- Have it serviced. Usually every two years, your air conditioner will need a refresh—which entails re-gassing and cleaning up the system.
- Give it a break. While using your A/C will keep it working, using it too much may cause it to break down. Try relying more on the fan speed instead of a colder temperature to keep you cool. If it’s blazingly hot and you’re trying to turn your car into a freezer, you are making your car work really hard.
If you think your car’s air conditioning might need a bit of a pick-me-up, give the service department at Larry Jay Mitsubishi a call and we’ll make sure you stay cool this summer.