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In your car, you have a battery. When you start your car, the battery supplies the power to engage the starter motor so that your vehicle will turn over. This depletes energy from the battery, and it needs to be resupplied. That's where the alternator comes in. One of the functions of the alternator is to keep the battery charged up. The alternator also works in conjunction with the battery to keep the electrical system in the vehicle operating.

If you hear a whining sound under the hood when driving, the alternator may be having trouble. If you notice that the lights in the interior or exterior of your vehicle are dimmer, it may signal an alternator problem. If the battery light comes on, the alternator may be at fault.

When you suspect problems with your car's alternator, come into Fox Honda in Grand Rapids. The service department can check your alternator and replace it if needed.

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