A faulty alternator can be a serious concern. Not sure if yours might be going bad? Keep reading to learn all of the symptoms and the best course of action.
What is an alternator?
The job of an alternator is to generate an electrical charge, which is delivered to your vehicle’s battery as it is depleted. If the battery was never recharged, all of the electrical systems inside your car would stop working.
Why do alternators fail?
Alternators have moving parts, get dirty and are subject to stress from heat and cold. As a result, the internal parts gradually wear out. A bad diode (which is essential to charging) inside the alternator can also lead [...]
Wondering how to choose an auto body repair shop in which to trust your vehicle? Selecting the closest shop authorized by your insurance company is hardly a reliable option.
Consider these criteria before deciding where to take your damaged vehicle:
Reputation: Create a list of authorized auto body repair shops, do an internet investigation on each one. Look for reviews, ratings and recommendations which speak to the professionalism and ability of each business. Try asking friends, neighbors, and coworkers about the shops they’re familiar with. Qualifications and policy are also good indicators of quality.
Qualifications: Ask about their certifications- including ASE accreditation, I-CAR certification, and designation as an AAA approved auto body repair shop. Ask how [...]
Ready to outfit your ride with some new tires but overwhelmed with all the options? Here are the key considerations to ensure your choice truly excels when the rubber meets the road.
Size is important.
Even the most expensive tires won’t be any good if they don’t fit your vehicle. Be sure to only look for appropriately sized tires for your vehicle. How? Locate the tire size on your tire’s sidewall or the driver’s door placard along with the tire pressure.
Know which type you want.
The type of tire you need is based on the type of vehicle you have, your usage of the vehicle and your geographic location.
Passenger tires (“P” prefix on the tire size) vs. Light truck (“LT” prefix on the tire size.)
If your fuel pump quits, your car stops running and you may be left stranded on the side of the road. To prevent this from occurring, it’s important to know the signs of a fuel pump going bad. Prepare to learn how your fuel pump functions and what red flags to look for to head off a potential problem.
Wondering why your car is sputtering and sluggish? The cause of its malaise may be bad gas. This issue happens more than you think and can have some damaging effects on your vehicle. Here’s everything you need to know:
Keeping your car healthy requires understanding when you should be taking it in for check-ups. This applies both to wear on car parts as well as the useful life of its various fluids. For brake fluid, unfortunately, there is no general guideline. Read on to learn why brake fluid is important and how to know if your brake fluid is ready to be change.
What is brake fluid and why is it important?
Brake fluid essentially helps all the various parts of your car’s braking system move. This hydraulic fluid is a non-compressible substance that lies within your brake line and operates under high temperature and high pressure. Brake fluid is what delivers the force created by your push on the brake pedal to each of [...]
Listening to your brakes squeaking, big deal or mild annoyance? Learn what brake noises say about the health of your vehicle.
Brakes can squeak for many different reasons. Recognizing which are serious concerns is an important skill to develop. Here is a list of the common causes of brake noises and what to do about them: Cause:Your car has been sitting overnight and now your breaks are squeaking
What’s happening: This is not uncommon and typically caused by moisture from rain or dew that collects on the surface of rotors and creates a thin layer of rust to form on their surface. The brake pads scrape this rust as the rotors turn and it gets stuck and embedded on the leading edge of the brake pad, causing a squeak. The noise should go away after several brake [...]
Your automobile’s water pump performs a critical function. Do you know what it does and, more importantly, how to know if it’s failing? Check out these tips for water pumps to keep you and your car cool.
What is a water pump and why is it important?
The water pump, which is tucked under your car’s timing belt cover, is responsible for maintaining a safe engine operating temperature. It is powered by your engine and circulates liquid coolant through the engine cooling system and the radiator. If your water pump fails, your engine may overheat, causing serious damage and possibly requiring a new engine.
When and why should I replace my water pump?
Water pumps typically do not need to be replaced unless a leak develops or the pump fails. (The exception is a water pump that is driven by [...]