Let's explore what it takes to start your vehicle's engine. Basically, it boils down to 3 things: spark, air and fuel. If you do not have any one of these, your car will not start. The 4 main car parts responsible for starting a car included: *the battery *starter *ignitions switch *fuel system It all starts with the battery! It provides the initial power needed to start your vehicle. If your vehicle would not start in these frigid temps; perhaps it was a weak battery. Cold weather is so hard on batteries and if it is weak to start with, well you know what happens. The next part is the starter. It CRANKS the engine. Cranking is different that starting. Perhaps you have had your vehicle crank over but wouldn't start. You may have had a bad starter, not a bad battery. Next, the ignition switch turns on the power to the starter. It is located on the steering column. Finally, the fuel system brings fuel to the engine for combustion. For combustion, think spark plugs, fuel ... read more
How important are electrical systems in your vehicle? Very important, for all vehicles! Your vehicle's electrical system (battery, starter and alternator) is used to start your vehicle and keep it running. This also includes powering all the electrical components; like the radio and air conditioner/defroster. Think of the 3 main components like this: 1. Battery--the BEFORE of starting your vehicle. It keeps the electrical currents flowing before you start the vehicle. 2. Starter-- the DURING of starting your vehicle. It keeps power going to the flywheel, crankshaft and pistons. 3. Alternator-- the AFTER of running your vehicle. It provides the continuous charge, so your vehicle is able to get you where you want/need to be. When you have a starting/running issue; how do you know if it is the battery, starter or alternator? Click on the link below for the answer. Automotive Electrical Repair ... read more
Today’s engines have electrical systems that use three main components. They are: The Battery – batteries supply electrical currents to the ignition, fuel system and starter prior to the engine starting The Starter – the starter relies on the battery to power a flywheel, that engages the crankshaft to operate pistons in the engine The Alternator – Once the engine is running, the alternator takes over to provide a continuous charge When one of these parts fails it takes some detective work to find the root cause (which part). Our skilled technicians will get to the root of the problem for you. Give us a call at 608-782-1375.