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How Do I Know If I Have a Bad Alternator? Part Two

If you knew that the alternator in your car was about to give out on you, you would probably get it to the mechanic and have it fixed. The alternator is responsible for recharging the battery while the engine is running. Without the alternator, the battery in the engine would eventually become drained and the car would not run. The sound of a clicking engine when you try to start the car as you head off to work is something that many people are familiar with. The good news is that it does not take a crystal ball to tell if an alternator is going bad. There are a few simple tests and signs that give car owners the warning they need. How to Test the Alternator If you notice the gauges in your car start to fluctuate wildly, it is a sign that there is a problem with your electrical system and that could be caused by the alternator going bad. The warning lights going on and off are also a sign. When you see something like this happening, consid ... read more

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How Do I Know If I Have a Bad Alternator? Part One

It is easy for a mechanic to tell you that your alternator is bad and that it will cost several hundred dollars to repair it. Before you turn over the money and tell the mechanic to do the job, you may want to find out if the mechanic is telling the truth or if your alternator is actually working the way that it is supposed to. It does not take a degree in auto mechanics to learn how to tell if an alternator is bad, and you do not have to know how to actually replace it yourself. You just have to know what to look for. Signs of a Bad Alternator The first sign that the alternator may be bad is the easiest to tell. The car won’t start. The alternator is responsible for recharging the battery in the car while the engine is running. If it is not working, the battery will be drained and that means the car will not start. If you try to start your car and all you hear is a clicking sound, the alternator is one of the possible culprits. The only ... read more

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When Should I Replace My Struts? Part Two

When a person takes their car in to a mechanic for something that they think is simple, they may soon find out that they have a myriad of things that the mechanic wants to fix like changing a strut or the shocks. Most people rely on their mechanic to give them information that is accurate and correct. They hope that if their mechanic is telling them that something needs to be fixed, that they are being told the truth. That is the hope of people, but it is also the reason that many people spend their life trying to find a mechanic they can trust. The opinion of the mechanic that it is time to replace the struts could be based more on their hope of making money than in providing good service to their customer. How to Check Your Struts and Shocks The solution to this problem is to know how to check the struts and the shocks on your own. Most cars do not need to replace their struts or shocks unless there is a problem. The problem can of ... read more

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When Should I Replace My Struts? Part One

Many car owners probably have no idea what a strut is. The struts and the shocks combine to support the suspension of the car and provide the riders in the car with a smooth and balanced ride. Without these in place, the people in the car could feel every bump, crack, and pothole that their car runs over. Many people might wonder if they ever need to worry about replacing the shocks and struts of their automobile. They may want to learn how long these parts are supposed to last and what the signs are when they are not working the way they are supposed to. Signs it is Time to Change a Strut Anyone can check to see if they have a problem with their struts and shocks. The only time they need to be replaced is if they are damaged in some way. One of the most common problems with shock absorbers happens if they start leaking. They are filled with oil, and if this oil leaks out, the shocks and struts will not function properly. This type of pro ... read more

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Why You Need a Front End Alignment? part 1

When people go to a mechanic for an oil change or for some other basic maintenance, they may be told that they need a front end alignment. There are two reasons that a person will be told this information. They may really benefit from getting a front end alignment. An honest mechanic will want to make sure that a person’s car is working the way that it should. The second reason that this can happen is because the repair shop wants to add something on to the bill. They will do the work, but it may or may not have been really necessary. In order to know when a repair shop is telling the truth and when they are trying to sell unneeded services, a person needs to understand what a front end alignment is. What is a Front End Alignment? A front end alignment is designed to correct the wheels of the car to make sure they are pointing in the right direction. When the wheels are out of alignment, the car will be more difficult to steer and could ca ... read more

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