What part of the engine is an alternator?
- DanLv 51 month ago
It's a device that runs off the engine and produces electricity for the engine and the rest of the car.
- MercuryLv 71 month ago
It is not part of the engine.
- FLv 61 month ago
While I agree it’s not part of the engine per se, it is a necessary part for the engine to run properly. I don’t think “accessory “ is the right description, that is really an optional add on. So where do we draw the line as what is and is not part of the engine.
Block, pistons, crankshaft, valve gear and cam shaft. No question.
What about spark plugs , distributor , leads , manifolds?
Water pump? Filters? Injectors / carbs?
Well are they?
Perhaps the question isn’t so stupid after all.
- curtisports2Lv 71 month ago
It's not an engine part. It's part of the charging system.
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- 1 month ago
Forget anyone who says the alternator is “not part of the engine”. It is in fact part of the engine as it works directly with other parts of the engine so the entire engine can function properly.
The alternator is a power generator. It’s purpose is to keep the battery charged enough to start the car as well as provide ongoing power to the car’s electrical systems.
This is how it works. The battery starts the car, drive belt turns the alternator pulley, energy is generated by the alternator to maintain battery charge and supply continuous power to the rest of the engine.
If it wasn’t for the alternator your car would simply run off a draining battery until you are on the side of the road calling a tow truck.
- The DevilLv 71 month ago
That is the charging system part. It is an engine accessory.
- thebax2006Lv 71 month ago
If you don't know find a mechanic!Source(s): Mitsubishi Master Tech
- RonLv 71 month ago
The alternator isn't part of the engine
- oil field trashLv 71 month ago
The alternator is an electric generator that provides the electric power necessary for the engine to function properly.
- DavidLv 71 month ago
The alternator IS NOT part of the engine.