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Is Your Alternator Done For?

Porsche has expanded its lineup, but the one vehicle that people most relate to is the 911. Today, despite the vehicle’s humble beginnings, the 911 is one of the most recognizable vehicles in the world. When people think of a Porsche they think of pure performance. Some Porsche enthusiasts regard the 911 as the only real Porsche. The 911 is currently available as a coupe with a retractable roof, and a convertible. Both feature a powerful 350 3.8-liter, 400 hp engine. Owners can choose from a manual seven-speed or a dual clutch seven-speed automated manual transmission. Porsche 911 performance levels are the result of a lot of things that work effectively. Its alternator is one of them.

What an Alternator Does

An alternator generates electrical power and is also a component of the vehicle’s charging system. The alternator charges whenever the engine is running. It also charges the battery. It is the source of power for the vehicle’s electrical systems. Alternator components include a stationary part, and a rotating part.

Signs of a Faulty Alternator

1. You have to jump start your vehicle on a regular basis is one such sign. The battery provides power to crank the engine over. The battery cannot crank the engine over if it receives no charges from the alternator. The vehicle’s other electrical needs will also remain unmet if the alternator fails. Take your vehicle to your mechanic and have him check the alternator. They can easily replace the alternator with a new one.

2. Dimming or flickering lights is another sign that your alternator is about to fail. While driving, the lights draw power from the alternator. The fact they are flickering is a sure sign there are alternator problems. Of course, it could be electrical wiring, but that it is generally not the reason why they flicker. Once the alternator is repaired, the flickering will stop.

3. A battery light that illuminates means it is not receiving a charge. As mentioned, the alternator can be the cause. Batteries can also go dead from age, or fail to charge if there is an acid build up on the terminals. You can easily check by opening the hood and looking to see if there is any type of buildup on the terminals. Put on a pair of latex gloves and mix a little soda in water. Then let it drip over the terminals pods. Refasten the cables and the vehicle may start up right away. Your battery cables may also have acid corrosion that is hidden from view.

What Are the Components of an Alternator?

-Alternator Rotor - The alternator rotor consists of an iron core with wire wrapped around it. Electrical current moving through the wire creates a magnetic field around the core. This field produces a current that only flows in one direction. This is known as D/C power.

-Stator - The other set of coils surrounding the rotor is called the stator. The stator is stationary. As a magnetic field travels through the stator’s windings, a current is produced.

-Output Diodes - Voltage is useless in the system unless it can be converted into a direct current.

-Diode Trio – Consists of three diodes which provide current to the alternator regulator.

-Voltage Regulator – The voltage regulator controls the amount of current that passes through the rotor.

About OEM Vehicle Parts

OEM Vehicle Parts is an online retailer specializing in replacement parts and accessories. As such, we are able to stock a complete array of parts for Audi, Porsche, and Mercedes vehicles. It matters little whether your vehicle is new model or an old classic. We can get you the parts you need to keep your vehicle running. We can also sell parts to customer at wholesale prices. Our customer like this because their savings can add up. We believe in great customer service. One of the ways we prove this is by how we structure our pricing. We think your Porsche 911 deserves only the best parts and accessories. We designed our website to make online shopping a pleasant experience. You can easily find parts you need by using our search and filter tool. If you have any challenges locating your part, you can always call us and we are happy to assist. We also answer phones and emails around the clock. So, there is never a time when you cannot reach us. We have three warehouse locations to get products out to customers as quickly as possible. Our experience as a family-owned business dates back from selling new and used car sales to parts and service. We thoroughly understand the business. We think our knowledge and experience is a big advantage for customers. As a Porsche owner, your ability to shop for the very best parts says a lot about how likely you will take care of your vehicle. In today’s busy world, many people spend almost as much time in their vehicles as they do on the job or at home. Their vehicles are an integral part of their livelihood. This is one of the main reasons to buy only those quality parts and accessories that are new and that come with a warranty. We guarantee that our parts are both new and OEM.

Tips on Finding a Trustworthy Mechanic

You should always be able to trust your mechanic. If you are in the market for a new mechanic, make sure they come with solid references. How long have they been in business? Do they possess the right certifications, and can they show proof if asked? Do they have a physical place where they conduct business, and can they provide a guarantee on their repairs? If so, you have found two things of value: a great place to shop online for all your auto accessories and parts, and a dependable mechanic to install those parts for you. Call us today or visit. We have the parts you need to keep your Porsche looking new regardless of its age.