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Alternators

Alternators are typically found near the front of the engine and are driven by the¬†crankshaft, which converts the pistons’ up-and-down movement into circular movement. (To learn more about the basic parts of car engines, Some early model vehicles used a separate drive belt from the crankshaft pulley to the alternator pulley, but most cars today have a¬†serpentine belt, or one belt that drives all components that rely on crankshaft power. Most alternators are mounted using brackets that bolt to a specific point on the engine. One of the brackets is usually a fixed point, while the other is adjustable to tighten the drive belt.