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 [...]
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.
Finding a trusted auto body shop is extremely important in maintaining the health of your vehicle and minimizing unnecessary automobile expenditures. Take these factors into consideration before choosing your go-to mechanic:
One of the best places to go for information you can trust is your circle of friends. Ask them what body shop they have used in the past and how satisfied they were. Referrals are a great way to identify quality shops.
Read online reviews. There are numerous online sites that allow customers to weigh in on their experience.
Contact your local consumer organization and find out if there have been any complaints made against a particular shop and how the complaints were resolved.
Shop qualifications. Visit the auto repair shop and:
Do you suspect something is wrong with your exhaust system? Griffin Auto Care’s ASE certified mechanics in want you to know how to recognize the signs of exhaust system problems and why your car exhaust system plays an important role in noise reduction, controlling air pollution and fuel efficiency.
What an exhaust system does:
As one the components of your exhaust system, your muffler is designed to decrease the amount of noise emitted by the exhaust of an internal combustion engine.
Your exhaust system also carries away the gases created when fuel and air are burned the combustion chamber contained within your vehicle’s engine. These gases are harmful to both humans and the environment so the reduction in the amount released into the environment helps reduce air pollution.
Your transmission is what changes the gear of your engine and transfers the engine’s power to the wheels to move your car forward. While the description of its function is simple, your transmission actually contains hundreds of components that work together to move your car. This complexity means it can be costly to fix. Avoid unnecessary expenses by looking for these symptoms of a failing automatic transmission.
A Warning Light. In modern cars, there are sensors that recognize vibrations and early problems that you may not otherwise notice. The chief problem among these is the transmission temperature. If this light turns on it means that your transmission fluid is hotter than usual and your transmission is operating at a higher [...]
Just as you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, you shouldn’t judge the health of your car only by what’s going on outside. Good advice, but many car owners are more than a bit perplexed by the electronic inner working of their automobile.
No need to sign-up for auto shop, here’s what you need to know about the tech inside your car and its health.
How it works:
First things first- it’s no longer called the electric system. Thanks to the advances in technology expanding its responsibilities, today we call it the Controller Area Network, or CAN.
The CAN is a complex system that enables thousands of data points to travel throughout your car to various computers called electronic control units, or ECUs. Each of these ECUs [...]
Since a car’s transmission allows the power from the engine reach the wheels, it’s what gives your car its get up and go. Without it, your car wouldn’t be much more than an air-conditioned place to sit.
Want to keep your transmission in peak condition?
Transmission Repair What exactly is a transmission flush or fluid change?
A transmission flush or transmission fluid change exchanges old automatic transmission fluid (ATF) with new ATF. This service does not include changing the filter or removing the pan to clean debris.
So when is the filter changed and pan removed?
These services are included in an automatic transmission service which consists of
You didn’t leave your lights on after you parked your car. Your radio is turned off. Your battery looks like it’s working. What else can it be? Why isn’t your car starting?
There are many possible reasons why your car isn’t starting. Even some of the best and most expensive cars can be unpredictable and fail despite taking good care of them. For an example, your car could be experiencing problems because it’s too hot outside. Or maybe you’re out of fuel (happens to be the best of us). Or, your engine died unexpectedly.
To diagnose the problem, you need to pay close attention it. Here are some of the most common outcomes:
There’s a weird clicking sound
That weird clicking sound might indicate that you have a [...]
Imagine this. You’re on your way to work. You’re running late. You’re stressed and all of the sudden, your check engine light comes on without warning.
Do you panic? Not necessarily. Chances are, your car is OK as long as it’s not stalling or smoking. Unlike the “low fuel” light, a check engine light doesn’t exactly provide information about what the problem is. For this reason, we’ve decided to share five common malfunctions that can cause the light to come on and what you can do about it.
You need a new oxygen sensor
Your oxygen sensor, the part that monitors the unburned oxygen from the exhaust, can fail for a number of reasons such as, neglecting car repairs, an engine leak, from [...]