Did you know that your car’s starting and charging system cranks the engine for starting, charges the vehicle battery, and provides electric power for engine controls, lights, and accessories? This short animation shows how automotive starting and charging systems work.
The car charging systems deliver electrical energy to power your vehicle while it’s running and sustain the battery’s charge. Key components of the starting and charging system include these components.
The battery stores electrical energy. The Starter Motor cranks the engine. The alternator charges the battery and powers the vehicle’s electrical system. And Battery Cables to connect the battery. Malfunctions can cause abnormal noises, dim lights, discharged battery, no crank conditions, and may illuminate the battery indicator lamp. The starting and charging system is a critical part of your vehicle. Malfunctions with the system components can result in a no crank/start condition; cold weather puts an extra strain on the system. Have the system checked periodically. Failures are typically due to the normal wear and tear of the commutator which is the component responsible for current flow. You might need a new battery is your car is struggling to turn on, has been dormant for too long, or simply if your battery is old.