Alternators and Starters
People need to have something in the morning
to get them going. This is something that provides energy
for them to start a day and stay going such as breakfast.
The same is true of the vehicles that people drive to
work and to start a day with. What a vehicle needs in
this case is the alternator and starter. Apeks remanufactured
alternators and starters not only provides your vehicles
with a source of energy but also with the reliability
that your vehicle needs to get going and stay going,
whenever you start and wherever you go....
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When you need an alternator or a starter,
you want to have a product that you can rely on. It
will not only get you started again and stay going,
but also will give you the power that no other brands
can give that will keep you going, whenever and wherever.
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any vehicles on the road today, domestic or import.
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What Do Starters and Alternators Do?
The alternator, or generator, is the vehicle
s electrical system's chief source of power while the
engine is running. It charges the vehicles battery
and provides the electrical power to operate the vehicles
electrical accessories such as the stereo, power seats,
heater, etc.. When the engine is in motion, the alternator
recharges the energy drained from your battery during
starting. Its shaft is driven by the same belt that
spins the fan. It converts mechanical energy into AC
(alternating-current) electricity, which is then channeled
through diodes in the rectifier that alter it to DC
(direct current) for the electrical system and for recharging
the battery. It must maintain sufficient electrical
power to operate the vehicles electrical accessories
while producing a constant voltage level regardless
of engine speed and electrical load. For details
on how the voltage level in charging
system is regulated, click here
To see how an alternator works, click
here for Alternator Operation
The starter helps to start the vehicle.
It converts electrical energy into mechanical energy.
This happens in two stages. Turning on the ignition
switch releases a small amount of electrical energy
from the battery to the solenoid of the starter, which
in turn generates a magnetic field that pulls the solenoid
plunger forward, moving the starter drive so that its
pinion gear meshes with the engine's crankshaft flywheel.
When the plunger is pulled forward, it strikes a contact
that permits a greater amount of current to flow from
the battery to the starter motor. The motor then spins
the drive and turns the meshed gears to provide power
to the crankshaft, which prepares each cylinder for
ignition. After the engine starts, the ignition key
is released to break the starting circuit. The solenoid's
magnetic field collapses and the return spring pulls
the plunger back, automatically shutting off the starter
motor and disengaging the starter drive. The starter
then converts this energy into torque and turns the
An electric starter
A Brief Historical Review of Starters
Early vehicles relied on manually turning
a hand crank located at the front of the vehicle to
get started. Aside from the inconveniences, there were
injuries caused by this activity.
In 1911, the Dayton Engineering Laboratories
Company, led by Charles Kettering, experimented on and
devloped a starter system - self-starters. The first
such starter system was installed on 1911 Cadillac,
leading to the birth of the first generation of self-starters.
Future Alternators: More Work to Do
With the increasing demands on vehicles
electronic devices for more convenience and safety,
vehicle manufacturers install more and more electronic
components to vehicles each year. These devices include
daytime running lights, power seats, heated seats, electrical
mirrors, power windows, CD players and so forth. This
means that an alternator needs to give power to more
and more devices. It is especially hard when the vehicle
is idling with the alternator running more slow than
any other time.
To address this potential problem, there
are a number of ways. One way is for the OEM manufacturers
to increase the electrical voltage over 12 volts on
the vehicle, which is what most of vehicles operate
Instead of making more sophisticated and
costly electrical devices, most manufacturers are turning
to more powerful and sophisticated alternators and batteries.
The latest generation of alternators can
charge up to 145 amperes and can deal with the increased
electrical demands. Besides, these alternators are equipped
with a new type of regulator that is capable of increasing
their current output based on vehicle need, rather than
solely on engine and alternator speed.
These alternators can produce a high level
of electrical current to accessories even when the vehicle
is at idle, which previous alternators cannot handle.
Future alternators need to produce even
greater output. This requires more sophiscated electronics
inside the alternators and improved alternator cooling
capabilities (such as rectifier heat dissipation) to
operate under higher temperature.
Vehicle Electrical System Overview
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systems, please go to Vehicle
Electrical System Overview.