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Starting Problems? Is it the Battery or the Alternator?

Starting Problems? Is it the Battery or the Alternator?

Every motorist dreads the moment they try to start their vehicle and hear either nothing or the sound of the starter motor turning over without the engine catching. Delayed starting, or failure to start, is often down to a fault in either the battery or the alternator. Here we cover what the battery and the alternator do, as well as signs that your engine problems could be down to one or the other. The Function of the Battery and the Alternator Simply put, the battery provides the electrical charge needed to instigate the ignition process, as well as power the vehicle's electrical systems when the engine is switched off. In contrast, the alternator converts mechanical energy into the electrical energy that's stored in the battery. It also generates the power that's needed to keep the vehicle's electrical systems running when you're on the move or the engine is idling. Both are essential to ensure your vehicle starts and runs smoothly. Signs That you Have a Fault ... read more

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