The alternator in your Toyota vehicle is part of its charging system. It takes the engine's mechanical energy and turns it into electrical energy, producing the electricity that your vehicle's systems and accessories rely upon.
How Your Alternator Works
It's pretty straightforward, frankly. Your engine runs belts that move a pulley. The pulley rotates a rotor shaft, which spins magnetic coils. That movement creates a magnetic field. The energy of that field is collected by a rectifier as AC power and then converted to DC power. Finally, a voltage regulator manages that power and delivers it to your battery, entertainment, power windows, wipers, and more.
Sadly, though, your alternator can go bad. When it does, it puts an immediate strain on your battery to continue feeding the electricity you need. That can quickly drain your battery and leave you stranded.
How to Spot a Failing Alternator
Signs of alternator trouble include:
- Your headlights begin to flicker or get dim
- The radio acts up
- Your power windows no longer work
- You hear a whining noise coming from your engine
- Your battery keeps dying
Repair Your Alternator with Genuine Toyota Parts
If you're experience any of these symptoms, you need to test your vehicle's charging system at once. If the results show that your alternator needs replacing, do so as soon as possible. Choosing one made by your OEM is the right way to go, since it was designed specifically to work with your model. Find everything you need for the project by searching our online auto parts catalog. Just select your year and model, and the components you need are available for quick order. Buy now and we'll ship right to your front door!
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