Alternators & Generators

Mustang Alternators & Generators 1964-2017

Alternators & Generators

The alternator serves as the source of electrical power for your Mustang. It uses the power produced by your engine to generate the energy needed to operate your vehicle’s vital electronic components. Simply put, if your alternator stops working, your Mustang won’t be able to make it out of your driveway! If you need to replace a malfunctioning Mustang Alternator, look no further than CJ Pony Parts. We offer a large selection of Mustang alternators spanning the entire history of America’s original pony car. With more than 50,000 parts in all, we have what you need to keep your Mustang on the road!

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Alternators & Generators

The Evolution From Generator to Alternator

An alternator is standard equipment in every Mustang, but that wasn’t always the case. In the early days, the Mustang’s electrical power was provided by a generator instead.

Unlike a Mustang alternator, which produces an alternating current (AC) that alternately reverses direction (thus, the term “alternating”), a generator produces a direct current (DC) that only travels in one direction. In modern Mustangs, DC is still necessary to work in conjunction with the battery, which requires conversion from AC to DC. In newer Mustangs, the vehicle’s on-board computer regulates the AC’s power output to prevent damage to the battery.

How Does the Mustang Alternator Function?

The crankshaft serves as the Mustang alternator’s driving force. The operation of the Mustang crankshaft causes the movement of Mustang belts that turn the alternator and generates an electrical charge. The generated electricity is then sent to and charges the Mustang battery. The fully charged battery is capable of providing power to the vehicle’s electrical components.

What Causes a Mustang Alternator to Fail?

While an electrical malfunction is often attributed to a dead or damaged battery, a Mustang alternator is also a common source of electrical failure. If you hear a loud grinding noise coming from the alternator, it’s typically a sign that it is not working properly and may need to be replaced. This sound usually signifies that the alternator’s needle bearings are breaking down and wearing unevenly, which will eventually cause the alternator to fail. The best course of action is to order a new Mustang alternator from CJ Pony Parts at the first sign of trouble.

Your One-Stop Source for Affordable Mustang Alternators and Parts

CJ Pony Parts offers a complete selection of Mustang alternators and related parts such as brackets, fans and hardware. If you have an older generator-powered Mustang, you’ll also find an assortment of generator parts and hardware.

Regardless of your Mustang alternator or generator needs, you’ll find everyday low prices on all of our products. We also include free ground shipping within the contiguous United States to help keep more of your hard-earned money in your wallet.

Become Part of a Thriving Community of Mustang Enthusiasts

When you purchase Mustang alternators from CJ Pony Parts, you’re more than just another customer. You’re also a member of a large and loyal community of Mustang enthusiasts who share your passion for this iconic American original.

Our staff includes plenty of folks who will do everything possible to help you get the most out of your Mustang ownership experience. We’ve been proudly serving the Mustang community since 1985!

Convenient 24/7 Online Ordering

Our virtual online store never closes. You can order Mustang alternators around the clock at your convenience. Our online ordering process is totally secure, and we employ the most stringent procedures to safeguard your privacy. Ordering assistance is also available via telephone or online chat.