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  • iD Select® - Alternator
    iD Select® Alternator
    1
    # sp224045
    Alternator by iD Select®. Swap out your worn-out or malfunctioning part with this top-notch product from iD Select. It’s built to OEM specifications to offer the same fit, form, and function as your factory component. Designed to...
    Direct OEM replacement for your malfunctioning partMade to deliver the ultimate in quality, reliability, and value
    $25.53 - $360.57
  • iD Select® - Starter
    iD Select® Starter
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    # sp222320
    Starter by iD Select®. Swap out your worn-out or malfunctioning part with this top-notch product from iD Select. It’s built to OEM specifications to offer the same fit, form, and function as your factory component. Designed to provide...
    Direct OEM replacement for your malfunctioning partMade to deliver the ultimate in quality, reliability, and value
    $24.16 - $345.54
  • Remy® - Alternator
    Remy® Alternator
    21
    # sp9139
    Alternator by Remy®. Whether you are looking for top-of-the-line alternators with OE-level performance, a quality remanufactured part or affordable, dependable alternators validated according to Remy’s stringent standards, Remy has a...
    Boasts the lowest mass in the industryProvides maximum fuel economy
    $17.88 - $743.11
  • XS Power® - 12V D-Series AGM Battery
    XS Power® 12V D-Series AGM Battery
    4
    # sp113932
    12V D-Series AGM Battery by XS Power®. The XS Power are direct fit, OEM replacement for most European models. XS Power added these three models to the D-Series lineup for starting and secondary power demands. By adding these three...
    Proudly Made in the USASealed absorbed glass mat (AGM) design that incorporates special glass fiber mats that contain the acid electrolyte between the lead plates, rather than a standard flooded (liquid) design
    $219.99 - $499.99
  • Remy® - Starter
    Remy® Starter
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    # sp9140
    Starter by Remy®. If your engine starts hard or fails to start, the problem can be in the starter. And to replace your malfunctioning starter, there is no need to search long, just opt for this premium replacement. It was designed to...
    Features the most compact design on the marketEnsures less friction and excellent performance
    $15.03 - $328.77
  • TYC® - Starter
    TYC® Starter
    6
    # sp2470
    Starter by TYC®. As soon as your starter motor fails, you can feel it right away. Well, if your starter motor is damaged, you no longer have to pay the high dealer price for a replacement because TYC will give you the same quality for...
    OE quality at an affordable priceDirect replacement
    $50.19 - $236.11
  • Odyssey® - Extreme™ Battery
    Odyssey® Extreme™ Battery
    4
    # sp15365
    Extreme™ Battery by Odyssey®. Some batteries offer enormous cranking power. Others, deep cycle reserve power. Unbeatable Odyssey Extreme™ batteries do both. Even at very low temperatures, Odyssey Extreme Series batteries have the...
    70% longer cycle life than conventional deep cycle batteries - high stable voltage for longer periods of timeCan be stored on open circuit (nothing connected to the terminals) without recharging for up to 2 years or 12.00V, whichever occurs first
    $238.99 - $541.99
  • ACDelco® - Professional™ Alternator
    ACDelco® Professional™ Alternator
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    # sp10754
    Professional™ Alternator by ACDelco®. Thoroughly tested and backed by competitive warranty coverage, ACDelco Professional NEW Alternators - for GM and non-GM vehicles - are manufactured using ISO Quality Standards. ACDelco...
    Key components are greased to help with long term reliability in harsh conditionsACDelco Professional Alternators are computer tested for voltage stability, terminal function, and electronic circuit board integrity
    $30.40 - $566.48
  • Denso® - Alternator
    Denso® Alternator
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    # sp4663
    Alternator by Denso®. Contemporary cars employ dozens of sophisticated electronic systems from bumper to bumper, placing heavy demands on the charging system. The alternator is no place to cut corners. Denso First Time Fit™...
    Bearing 100% tested to OE standards and repacked with OEM grade lubricantStator Insulation tested to 600 volts
    $83.98 - $598.56
  • Bosch® - Alternator
    Bosch® Alternator
    6
    # sp1073
    Alternator by Bosch®. If all you hear when starting your car is a click-click sound, chances are your alternator has died on you. Bosch Alternator is built especially for extremes of heat and cold; it features more new parts and is...
    Ensures cranking and starting performance under all temperature extremes100% full-load tested – meets or exceeds OE manufacturers' torque, amperage draw and RPM standards
    $52.06 - $685.41
  • Quality-Built® - Alternator
    Quality-Built® Alternator
    32
    # sp1450
    Alternator by Quality-Built®. Get professional installer quality at a DIY price with a Quality Built alternator. These alternators are manufactured under strict QS-9000 quality guidelines, the highest quality standard achievable for...
    Designed specifically for the high demands of professional installersSelect components and advanced manufacturing techniques provide unparalleled performance and reliability
    $11.33 - $2,147.48
  • Bosch® - Starter
    Bosch® Starter
    2
    # sp1072
    Starter by Bosch®. Whether new or remanufactured, Bosch starters are 100% factory tested to ensure reliable cranking and starting performance under the most extreme operating conditions. Built for precision fit, Bosch starters are the...
    Designed to withstand the harshest environmentsProvides balanced high speed torque for maximum performance and dependability
    $45.57 - $566.10
  • TYC® - Alternator
    TYC® Alternator
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    # sp2469
    Alternator by TYC®. The alternator is one of the parts you want to function properly, otherwise all the comforts given by the electronic components won't be available anymore. And when you need a replacement, TYC will gladly give you a...
    OE quality at an affordable priceDirect replacement
    $99.60 - $274.74
  • ACDelco® - Professional™ Starter
    ACDelco® Professional™ Starter
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    # sp10775
    Professional™ Starter by ACDelco®. Thoroughly tested and backed by competitive warranty coverage, ACDelco Professional NEW Starters - for GM and non-GM vehicles - are manufactured using ISO Quality Standards. ACDelco NEW Professional...
    New units are manufactured under the guidelines of ISO Quality Standards to ensure consistent qualityAll components are 100% new to provide improved performance and long-life reliability
    $29.14 - $380.18
  • Quality-Built® - Starter
    Quality-Built® Starter
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    # sp1452
    Starter by Quality-Built®. Get professional installer quality at a DIY price with a Quality-Built starter. These starters are manufactured under strict QS-9000 quality guidelines, the highest quality standard achievable for automotive...
    Designed specifically for the high demands of professional installersSelect components and advanced manufacturing techniques provide unparalleled performance and reliability
    $11.38 - $416.61
  • Motorcraft® - Tested Tough Max Battery
    Motorcraft® Tested Tough Max Battery
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    # sp214611
    Tested Tough Max Battery by Motorcraft®. If you’re looking to replace a battery, Motorcraft is your best bet for fit and function. All Motorcraft batteries are manufactured to the latest technologies in design and engineering....
    Excellent limited warranty coverage - 100-month (8+ years) unlimited mileage36-month (3-year) Free replacement period
    $170.80 - $304.81
  • ACDelco® - GM Original Equipment™ Alternator
    ACDelco® GM Original Equipment™ Alternator
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    # sp10678
    GM Original Equipment™ Alternator by ACDelco®. When you need to match Original Equipment specifications in a replacement Alternator for your GM vehicle, look to ACDelco. GM Original Equipment line includes brand-new, and...
    New units are manufactured under the guidelines of ISO Quality Standards to ensure consistent qualityAll components are 100% new to provide improved performance and long-life reliability
    $109.92 - $607.75
  • Motorcraft® - Alternator
    Motorcraft® Alternator
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    # sp49095
    Alternator by Motorcraft®. To help meet your customers' needs, Motorcraft alternators are available as new or remanufactured units. Designed utilizing the latest technology, this product by Motorcraft features premium quality and will...
    Dual internal cooling fans provide reliability during extreme temperaturesSlip rings and brushes are designed for reduced wear to help provide longer service life
    $62.91 - $623.78
  • WAI Global® - Starter
    WAI Global® Starter
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    # sp135545
    Starter by WAI Global®. Designed utilizing the latest technology, this product by WAI Global features premium quality and will perform better than advertised. Perfect for your vehicle and lifestyle, it is manufactured to meet or exceed...
    Will help you easily solve the problem with engine startingDesigned to duplicate the original part as closely as possible
    $15.83 - $362.94
  • Denso® - Starter
    Denso® Starter
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    # sp4662
    Starter by Denso®. The original Denso gear-reduction starter is an industry benchmark, so rugged and powerful that it is often adapted for racing use. Denso remanufactured starters are subjected to a rigorous test and replacement...
    High-voltage tested armature and field coils to ensure reliable performancePremium copper terminals to ensure a clean source of electrical current
    $51.62 - $314.49
  • Motorcraft® - Starter
    Motorcraft® Starter
    1
    # sp16922
    Starter by Motorcraft®. This superior product was elaborately designed and meticulously manufactured to stringent industry standards to have the most precise OE specifications. It fits and functions like the factory original. Made of...
    Recommended for one- to three-year-old vehiclesDesigned to provide 50,000 cranks
    $55.67 - $515.39
  • ACDelco® - GM Original Equipment™ Starter
    ACDelco® GM Original Equipment™ Starter
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    # sp10731
    GM Original Equipment™ Starter by ACDelco®. When you need to match Original Equipment specifications in a replacement starter for your GM vehicle, look to ACDelco. Their GM Original Equipment line includes brand-new, and...
    New units are manufactured under the guidelines of ISO Quality Standards to ensure consistent qualityAll components are 100% new to provide improved performance and long-life reliability
    $68.30 - $300.70
  • ACDelco® - Professional™ Battery
    ACDelco® Professional™ Battery
    4
    # sp211562
    Professional™ Battery by ACDelco®. ACDelco Professional Automotive batteries have high cycling capabilities, are remarkably charge-receptive, and are necessary for start/stop applications. The Absorbed Glass Mat design is 100% leak...
    High density negative paste, improves performance and increases battery lifeEnhanced life alloy/Silver Calcium stamped alloy increases cycle life and improves performance
    $149.50 - $229.56
  • ACDelco® - Gold Alternator
    ACDelco® Gold Alternator
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    # sp249951
    Gold Alternator by ACDelco®. Designed utilizing the latest technology, this product features premium quality and will perform better than advertised. Perfect for your vehicle and lifestyle, it is manufactured to meet or exceed stringent...
    Designed to deliver trouble-free, consistent performanceRight for your vehicle and lifestyle
    $28.07 - $270.27
  • WAI Global® - Alternator
    WAI Global® Alternator
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    # sp158918
    Alternator by WAI Global®. Designed utilizing the latest technology, this product by WAI Global features premium quality and will perform better than advertised. Perfect for your vehicle and lifestyle, it is manufactured to meet or...
    Designed to deliver trouble-free, consistent performanceRight for your vehicle and lifestyle
    $65.96 - $787.71
  • Odyssey® - Performance Series™ Battery
    Odyssey® Performance Series™ Battery
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    # sp179562
    Performance Series™ Battery by Odyssey®. Designed to handle the increased use of onboard accessories in today's vehicles, Performance Series batteries combine long service life, high reliability and deep cycle capabilities....
    Better warranty - Up to 4-year limited full replacement warranty - not pro rataLonger service life - 3-10 years of service life to save you time, money, and aggravation
    $274.99 - $416.99
  • ACDelco® - Genuine GM Parts™ Alternator
    ACDelco® Genuine GM Parts™ Alternator
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    # sp217293
    Genuine GM Parts™ Alternator by ACDelco®. Designed utilizing the latest technology, this product by ACDelco features premium quality and will perform better than advertised. Perfect for your vehicle and lifestyle, it is manufactured...
    Designed to deliver trouble-free, consistent performanceRight for your vehicle and lifestyle
    $72.40 - $751.12
  • BBB Industries® - Alternator
    BBB Industries® Alternator
    1
    # sp158897
    Alternator by BBB Industries®. Do you hear nothing but "click, click" when you turn the key? Is the BATTERY dash light on? Your vehicle is in need of engine electrical system repair, but before you waste your time and gas...
    Designed to deliver trouble-free, consistent performanceRight for your vehicle and lifestyle
    $15.59 - $734.37
  • BBB Industries® - Premium™ Remanufactured Starter
    BBB Industries® Premium™ Remanufactured Starter
    1
    # sp124407
    Premium™ Remanufactured Starter by BBB Industries®. BBB Industries® remanufactured starters meet or exceed OE standards because they're remanufactured using processes similar to the way new starters are made. Components are...
    Developed with modern technology and innovationMeticulously Tested for the ultimate in quality
    $17.94 - $307.08
  • ACDelco® - Professional™ Gold Series Battery
    ACDelco® Professional™ Gold Series Battery
    0
    # sp211563
    Professional™ Gold Series Battery by ACDelco®. This superior product was elaborately designed and meticulously manufactured to stringent industry standards to have the most precise OE specifications. It fits and functions like the...
    Designed in compliance with rigorous factory standardsHigh level of quality, ultimate reliability, and solid value
    $83.49 - $333.06




The Starting & Charging system consists of the battery, starter, alternator, cables, wiring, and related components like relays, solenoids, and voltage regulators. The battery provides power to the starter and ignition system when you turn the key. The starter turns the crankshaft so the engine builds enough compression to start, and the alternator recharges the battery and powers the vehicle’s electrical accessories when the engine is running.

Batteries are electrochemical devices in which a chemical reaction between two dissimilar materials creates a voltage. A number of positive and negative plates are immersed in an electrolyte solution of water and sulfuric acid. The positive plates are coated with the active material lead dioxide (PbO2), and the negative plates with sponge lead (Pb). The positive and negative plates form a cell element, and there are 6 cell elements in a 12-volt battery.

In conventional flooded lead acid batteries, which includes maintenance-free batteries, the electrolyte is in liquid form. If the battery is damaged and leaks, the sulfuric acid in the electrolyte can cause serious vehicle damage and burns if it comes in contact with your body. Gel cell and AGM (Absorbed Glass Mat) batteries are superior alternatives. In the gel cell battery, silica is added to the electrolyte to form a gel-type material, while in AGM batteries, the electrolyte is held in matting that is akin to a sponge. If the case cracks on a gel cell or AGM battery, no electrolyte will leak out.

Whereas most vehicle batteries look almost identical and have similar dimensions, they may provide completely different specifications. So, choosing a replacement car battery you should consider some key factors to pick out the right one. First of all, you need to know whether you have a 12V or 24V battery. If you drive a car or lightweight truck, most likely you need a 12V battery, while some heavy-duty trucks and commercial vehicles rely on a 24V power source. Another key factors are the reserve capacity of a car battery, which says how long it can continuously supply minimum voltage needed to run your vehicle, and cold cranking amperes, which determines the battery's ability to start your vehicle even in extremely cold weather.

The starter motor converts electrical energy into mechanical energy. The starter circuit includes the battery, starter, and cables, which are activated by a starter control circuit consisting of the ignition switch, starter relay, solenoid, and wiring. When you turn the ignition switch, the relay energizes the starter solenoid, which sends power to the starter motor. The starter drive meshes with the flywheel/flexplate teeth before the starter motor begins to turn. Most starter drives are the overrunning clutch type, which only applies force in one direction, so the engine cannot apply torque to the starter.

A belt from the crankshaft drives the alternator, and it uses this mechanical energy to create electricity. The electricity is produced when the belt spins the rotor, creating a magnetic field that induces a voltage in the stator windings. Alternators produce AC current, which is rectified by diodes and transformed into the DC current that recharges the battery and powers the electrical system. The voltage output of the alternator must be controlled. This is done by varying the field current. On older vehicles this was done by a separate voltage regulator, but on most new vehicles regulator function is part of the ECM.

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    August 03, 2018
    When Is It Time To Replace My Alternator?
    Bolted to an engine block and powered by a belt-driven pulley, an alternator is in motion whenever the engine is running. Essentially, a vehicle`s battery is tasked...
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    Servicing And Replacing A Battery
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