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How Does an Alternator Work?

How Does an Alternator Work?

Most drivers only know what their battery looks like and how it works. However, a vehicle battery isn't the only aspect of your vehicle's charging system you should know about. The alternator plays just as crucial of a role in starting your car, if not more than your battery.   The alternator is a device strapped to the engine that runs off your engine belt. The alternator rotates while the engine is running. It transforms that mechanical energy into electrical energy to power all of your car's significant electric features, including its lights, the radio, power windows, and more.   All vehicle batteries have a total charge capacity of approximately 12 volts, which is more than enough to start your engine. But while your motor is working, your alternator is putting out additional voltage (occasionally up to 15 volts) to meet the demands of your other electronic-powered accessories. When an alternator stops working, not only will these functions stop working ... read more

What Type of Sensors Exist Are In My Car?

What Type of Sensors Exist Are In My Car?

With more and more advancements in the automotive industry, the more sensors there will be placed in cars. Sensors are simply attachments that communicate with your vehicle's internal computer. Without them, you simply would have no warning if something is going wrong with your car.   The downside of sensors is that they're not perfect. They can sometimes fail or even give you false information. It's not common for them to malfunction, but when they do, you'll need to fix it pronto. Certain vehicles have more sensors than others, and different manufacturers will make slight adjustments to their sensor tech to their newer models. These are the most common sensors that exist in today's cars: Oxygen (O2) Sensor: The oxygen sensor exists within the exhaust system and is responsible for measuring the oxygen levels present in your exhaust fumes. It tells the vehicle's computer system when there is a dangerous level of emissions. Engine Speed Sensor: This mech ... read more

5 Fun Activities To Do This Fall!

5 Fun Activities To Do This Fall!

A new season is around the corner: Fall. Before you know it, the leaves will change to warm hues, and the temperatures are going to drop. Just because summer is coming to an end doesn't mean the fun road adventures have to end too. There are many enjoyable activities you can do this fall with your loved ones. All you need to do is a happy and healthy vehicle to take you where you need to make it happen. Below are our top 5 fun fall activities!    1) Go to an Apple Orchard Apple picking is an autumnal classic. If you live within reach of an apple orchard, make a day of it. Some places sell you bushels of apples, while others even let you pick your own. You'll enjoy the fresh air and crisp apples. Pro tip: You can use these fresh apples to bake a delicious apple pie!   2) Carve a Pumpkin In addition to an apple orchard, you can look for a nearby pumpkin farm. The best part is that you can bring home some pumpkins to carve and decorate your home.   3) T ... read more

When Do I Need a New Timing Belt?

When Do I Need a New Timing Belt?

Your vehicle's timing belt is an indispensable part of the engine because of its function. It is reliable for synchronizing and regulating the rotation of the crankshaft and camshaft. Without this operation, the engine valves would not open and close at the proper times for performance. The timing belt has rubbery "teeth" to provide consistent coordination. If the timing is wrong, it could be harmful to your engine.    What Causes Timing Belts to Fail? There are various ways that a timing belt can fail. These include: Stripped teeth Unraveling of the belt's fiber cores Belt breakage (fairly uncommon) Too tight or too loose of a belt What Are the Signs of Timing Belt Failure? Several symptoms may indicate that your timing belt needs replacement. Here's what to look for: Ticking or clicking sounds coming from the engine Visual signs of belt damage—cracks and/or glazing Engine runs rough Slow engine starts or a failure to start engine Oil ... read more

How to Check Your Coolant

How to Check Your Coolant

Coolant is a mixture of water and antifreeze that helps prevent damage to your engine. It is usually green or red-colored, and its chemical composition keeps your engine from overheating. As you can already imagine, checking the level is essential, especially now that it's summer. Thankfully, checking your coolant level is an easy task that most of us can do.   First and foremost, you must make sure the engine is cooled down. In other words, you should never remove the radiator cap when the engine is hot. At least let it sit for a few hours after driving. Otherwise, hot coolant can spray out, causing burns. It's also an excellent idea to refer to your owner's manual during this process.   Usually, there is one low and one high marking on the side of the overflow container connected to the cooling system. The markings will tell you if there is enough coolant in the engine, as the coolant meniscus should be between the two marks. The container usually has a brig ... read more

Luke’s Auto Service’s Favorite Car Movies

Luke’s Auto Service’s Favorite Car Movies

If you love the thrill and fun of car movies, you have come to the right place. Whether it features an exciting race or an action-packed car chase, there is a car movie for every type of person out there. We have compiled a list of fantastic car movies to watch this summer. Grab your popcorn and drinks because you'll be in for a treat.   Ford v Ferrari (2019) This one is relatively new, but it is packed with a star-studded cast that features Matt Damon and Christian Bale. The story is an epic tale of Ford's debut at Le Mans. It's a well-written glimpse into how the American company came to beat Ferrari's finest and star in the world's biggest race.   The Fast and the Furious (2001) The first Fast and Furious installment marked the start of a franchise for two decades full of movies to follow. It is full of jaw-dropping action, high-speed races, and insane stunt performance. Because of it, Fast and Furious remains one of the most iconic car movies eve ... read more

What are the Benefits of a Tire Rotation?

What are the Benefits of a Tire Rotation?

If you have had your vehicle in for tire service – fixing a flat, buying new tires, etc., it is recommended that you should rotate your tires per the manufacturer's recommendations or every 5,000 miles. There are several reasons this is a good idea. Here are 3 key reasons. Even Wear and Tear Every time you drive your vehicle, your tires are exposed to the elements, road conditions, debris, etc. Each tire has specific points that are exposed to wear and tear over other spots. Over time, that can create uneven wearing on one or more tires and reduce their lifespan. Rotating them distributes that wear and tear to different places, for each tire, after each rotation. Additionally, road wear affects your front tires differently than your rear tires. This is because the front tires have wear points that are more affected by braking and turning. Your rear tires absorb wear and tear as well, but it is not as pronounced as your front tires. Tire Lifespan As soon as you start dr ... read more

Can A Blown Engine Be Fixed?

Can A Blown Engine Be Fixed?

You went to start your car, getting ready to leave to go to work, thinking everything is fine. But when you start your vehicle, there's a problem! Your car won't start, and white exhaust fumes are filling your driveway. This is not a good sign and a horrible way to start your day. Now you have to call the tow truck to take it to the auto repair shop. After having an auto repairman look at your car, he tells you, a blown engine is the problem. You scratch your head while rolling your eyes, picturing your bank account dwelling due to the price tag of fixing this. Another question pops into your head, "Can a blown engine be fixed?" In this blog post, you will learn two of the leading causes of a blown engine and whether it can be repaired. One of the reasons a blown engine happens is due to its head gaskets. In the engine, a head gasket seals the internal combustion process by allowing coolant and oil to flow throughout it to cool and lubricate it. Signs you have a ... read more

Why Is My Car Vibrating When I Brake?

Why Is My Car Vibrating When I Brake?

You may experience some shaking when bringing your car to a stop. The vibration may be coming from the car's brake pedal or steering wheel. This is called a brake shudder and occurs when there are issues with the disc braking system. Such a problem soon escalates and becomes dangerous. The source of the vibration is the best pointer to whether the front or the rear brakes are causing the issue. If you feel the shaking on the steering wheel, the issue may be on the front braking discs. Rear wheels cause vibrations on the pedal. Here are some of the causes of the problem. Brake Pads in Poor Condition If the brake pads are damaged, warped, or worn, they may cause some vibration that is accompanied by a squeaking sound, which indicates that you should replace them. Sometimes the brake pads are soiled with dirt particles that make it hard for them to grasp the rotors, and this causes vibrations in the process. Brake Rotors are Uneven The brake pads ... read more

Does Turning on Your Car Heater Help with Engine Overheating?

Does Turning on Your Car Heater Help with Engine Overheating?

Most modern vehicles have excellent cooling systems and heat sensors that keep the engine running in most weather conditions. However, some cars are always overheating despite these sophisticated cooling and heating systems. Different factors trigger engine overheating. Understanding why the overheating happens can help calm your nerves before you get the issue fixed by a mechanic. Some reasons for overheating include; Cooling systems leak Faulty radiator fan Broken water pump Defective gas gasket Faulty CTS sensor Getting the overheating fixed requires a thorough investigation by a certified mechanic. The broken component can then be repaired or replaced as per the mechanic's recommendation. You should always schedule regular service as per the manufacturer's advice to get your car heater components checked for any repairs. However, if you detect any issue before the recommended miles for service, get the car checked to void costly and avoidable repairs. What if the Engi ... read more