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We just finished 3 new pages covering all areas of your vehicle’s electrical system. They all need regular maintenance, so we have outlined what each system does, what to look for to diagnose problems, and how we go about repairing them to get you back on the road safely.
Battery, Starting, and Charging System
The battery, starter and alternator are key components in the electrical system that starts your vehicle and keeps it running. A weak component can cause a slow or no start condition.
What’s involved: First we perform a computer diagnosis of your vehicle’s battery, starter and alternator, followed by an inspection of alternator drive belt. A final inspection of your cable connections confirms what might need repair or replacement.
Learn More: Read our in depth article on battery and charging systems right here.
Battery Load Tests
Batteries have a limited life and will eventually require replacement. When a battery fails, the vehicle will not start, and could leave you stranded, requiring a tow or battery boost.
What’s involved: First we run an AVR test of the battery to determine its capacity to take a load (i.e. cranking the engine over). According to its size and design it must meet a certain level of performance to provide the customer with confidence that the car will start reliably. We follow with a visual inspection of the battery mounting brackets as well as battery cables and terminals to ensure good electrical connections.
Learn More: Read our in-depth article on battery load tests right here.
Belt Inspection & Replacement
This inspection determines the performance of belt-driven components. Sometimes belts or the tensioners and pulleys run by them become noisy from being worn or loose.
What’s Involved: We visually inspect all associated components driven by belts and replace any belts or other components that are old and worn.
Learn More: Read our in-depth article on belt inspection right here.