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Monthly Archives: October 2019

Alternator

Alternator

Question: My battery keeps going dead.  I had it tested and it is fine - what could be the problem?  Answer:   Well, your problem could be caused by several things.  Let's start with a likely suspect: your alternator.  The alternator is like a little electrical generator.  It is spun by the serpentine belt on your engine and makes electricity.  This electricity is used to power the electrical systems required to run your vehicle.  It also powers all your electronic accessories like your stereo, navigation, heated seats, and air fans, as well as charging all the electronics you have plugged in.   After the alternator has done all that, any electricity that's left over is used to charge your battery.  You can see where we're going: if the battery isn't getting enough electricity to stay charged the reason may have something to do with the alternator.   Now it could be that the alternator is bad &ndash ... read more

New to you, Used Vehicle Inspection

New to you, Used Vehicle Inspection

Used Vehicle Inspection   Oct. 11, 2019 It’s always exciting to get a new car – even when it’s used. But it can feel like you’re going out on a limb a bit when you buy a used vehicle. I mean, people sell vehicles for a lot of reasons. Maybe they just wanted a new car, maybe there was something wrong with it, and maybe there was something really wrong with it. It’s a great idea to order a report from a vehicle history service. This can uncover title problems and may reveal serious accidents or flood damage as well as any recall notices for the vehicle. Maintenance and repair records are a plus, but most sellers don’t have them. Of course, the best thing is to get a professional to perform a used vehicle inspection. The inspection will go much deeper than just how good the vehicle looks and drives. You’ll get a feel for the vehicle’s overall condition, the status of major safety systems and an indication of how we ... read more

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