Current produced by 3.5 L car engine

In summary, it is possible to estimate the amperage generated by a typical automobile engine by looking at the ammeter of a car that has one. However, modern automotive alternators are commonly rated at least 50 to 80 amps, but they are not intended to provide this range of current output for lengthy durations. It is important to check the specs for your alternator's current output and be mindful of potential damage to the vehicle's electronics when drawing high instantaneous currents.
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how can i determine how many amps are generated by a typical automobile engine? how many amps can i suck off of a car battery while the car is running, and not slowly drain the battery of its power?
 
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The alternator probably has an output rating.
 
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You might get a rough idea by looking at the ammeter of a car that has one. Headlamps are the largest drain, I believe.
 
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Gdarnall said:
how can i determine how many amps are generated by a typical automobile engine? how many amps can i suck off of a car battery while the car is running, and not slowly drain the battery of its power?

Modern automotive alternators are commonly rated at least 50 to 80 amps however, they aren't intended to provide this range of current output for lengthy durations, so be mindful that you could end up damaging the alternator/rectifier/regulator if you intend to draw near max current for any extended durations. Even so, you should check the specs for your alternator's current output.

Additionally, if you're going to be drawing high instantaneous currents, transients can prove damaging to the vehicle's expensive electronics. Just keep that in mind...
 

Related to Current produced by 3.5 L car engine

1. What is the average current produced by a 3.5 L car engine?

The average current produced by a 3.5 L car engine can vary depending on the make and model of the car, as well as other factors such as the condition of the engine and the electrical system. However, on average, a 3.5 L car engine can produce about 50-60 amps of current.

2. How is current produced by a car engine?

Current is produced by a car engine through a process called alternator charging. The alternator uses a belt connected to the engine to rotate a magnetic field, which in turn generates an electrical current in the stator windings of the alternator. This current is then converted to direct current (DC) and sent to the battery to power the car's electrical components.

3. Can the current produced by a 3.5 L car engine be increased?

Yes, the current produced by a 3.5 L car engine can be increased by upgrading the alternator to a higher output model. This is often done in vehicles with high electrical demands, such as those with aftermarket sound systems or added lighting. However, it is important to ensure that the rest of the car's electrical system can handle the increased current.

4. What are the risks of a car engine producing too much current?

If a car engine produces too much current, it can overload the electrical system and potentially cause damage to components such as the battery, alternator, and wiring. This can also lead to electrical fires. It is important to have the electrical system of a car regularly checked and maintained to prevent these risks.

5. How does the current produced by a 3.5 L car engine affect the car's performance?

The current produced by a 3.5 L car engine does not directly affect the car's performance, as it is primarily used to power the electrical components. However, if the electrical system is not functioning properly due to insufficient current, it can cause issues such as dimming headlights, difficulty starting the car, and loss of power to accessories. Therefore, it is important to maintain a proper current flow for optimal performance of the car's electrical system.

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