The History of the Alternator

Did you know that the use of alternators was first tried in World War II? During that time, it was only special-use vehicles that had the alternator. These cars were used to carry power radio equipment. The alternator was first tested in civilian cars during the production of Chrysler’s 1960 Valiant. It was not long after that when General Motors and Ford joined the pack.

So, how do you tell if your alternator is failing or damaged? The easiest way to note this is by observing that your instrument cluster lights are becoming dim. This symptom could be followed by a warning sign that looks like a battery on the instrument cluster. In the end, you will notice that your gauges have stopped working, and a burning-rubber smell will be produced from the hood, which tells you one of the belts could be burning out.

Learn other classical signs of a damaged or failing alternator by visiting our Scott Peterson Motors Inc in Belle Fourche today!

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