Do not undermine the power of Volvo alternators, although they are a small component, but they play a critical role in powering up your car. The alternator usually fail in stages, you can identify it when the failure symptoms display, and maintenance of the alternator is necessary so that it can power your car effectively to enhance your driving experience. A more economical way of changing alternators would be doing it by yourself or bringing your own alternators to the workshop and simply paying for the labor involved. Purchasing your own Volvo alternator is simple, with the internet, you are able to search and procure for a suitable alternator in no time. However, do note these few things to ensure that you are getting the right parts that fits your car system.
Finding Your Alternator OEM Number
Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) is a great alternative reference should you not be able to find your alternator even after inputting your Volvo’s model, year and make. OEM can be located at the part directly or you can contact a dealer with the VIN who should be able to advise you on your OEM number. With your alternator OEM number, it will ensure that you are searching for the right parts for your Volvo. Ensure that the purchased alternator has the same Amps and not one with less as it might not charge your car battery fast enough resulting in other issues.
Choosing The Right Alternator For Your Volvo
It is easy to find an alternator but not so getting the right alternator for your Volvo, the right alternator is best determined your vehicle’s total electrical load which you can find out by using an ammeter. Otherwise, you can estimate the total electrical load by calculating the accessory fuses. The stated amp ratings will be more than the highest draw of each component, but it gives you a rough estimate of the vehicle electrical load. The right alternator can help your Volvo to gain horsepower by allowing your electrical system to run at maximum voltage, giving you an edge over other vehicles.
Getting The Most From Your Alternator
Purchasing the right alternator should provide you with maximized performance and here are some ways you can optimize the performance of your Volvo from your newly purchased alternator. Ensure that your alternator belt and tensioner are in tip-top shape as higher amperage alternators have a smaller pulley than stock to overdrive your system by around 16 percent and the extra load will cause added stress to your belt, thus it is important that the belt and tensioner is in good shape. Also, using proper gauge charge wire will help to enhance the performance of your alternator, pushing your vehicle to a new level. The charge wire is the wire that carries power from your alternator to your battery and also other parts of the electrical system, a small wire will likely restrict the flow of electricity, defeating the purpose of the new alternator.