The alternator in your INFINITI vehicle, also called a generator, is a main part of its charging system. It turns mechanical energy into electrical energy -- in other words, motion into electricity. Put simply, it generates current.
It does so by an equally simple process: your engine runs serpentine and drive belts, which move a pulley, which turns a rotor shaft, which spins some magnetic coils. A rectifier captures the energy that the movement creates as AC power, and it transforms it into DC power. A voltage regulator manages the resulting charge.
In short, alternators help charge the battery in cars, run their dashboard lights and displays, and power other electrical systems and accessories, from radios and windows to steering and windshield wipers. They can even help keep options like heated seats working.
Unfortunately, an alternator can sometimes go bad. Its failure can be caused by everything from a belt that's too tight to installing incompatible accessories, jump-starting incorrectly, and worn or damaged parts. You can try to avoid it by keeping an eye out for signs of problems and replacing the alternator if inspection and charging system test results call for it. Those symptoms include:
- Alternator and battery warning lights on the dash
- Lighting malfunctions
- A car entertainment system that only works intermittently
- A burning smell near the battery or alternator
- Leaking alternator fluid
- A squealing engine
- A dead battery
- General electrical system failure
Otherwise, be sure to change the alternator either every 7 years or every 80,000 to 150,000 miles, whichever comes first.
Trust Your OEM Charging System Repair Project to a Genuine INFINITI Alternator
INFINITI designs charging systems to work with your model specifically, guaranteed. Therefore, when it comes to fixing yours, you shouldn't rely on anything less than a genuine OEM alternator. You can buy either a new or a remanufactured one online, right here. Our auto parts store can ship it to you ASAP, so you can get the job done in no time.
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