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Yearly Archives: 2020

What are the Symptoms of a Bad Alternator?

When many people think about their vehicle's electrical system, they think that the battery is the main power behind everything. While the battery does provide charge to start is your vehicle and run your electrical systems, the alternator is actually the component that keeps your battery charged while your car is running. Without a working alternator, you will find yourself with a vehicle that only runs for a short amount of time and then shuts off on you.  While your vehicle is running, your alternator is essential recycling power and charging the battery. The alternator is located in the engine compartment and is a part of the starting and charging systems. If your alternator is working as it should, you will notice one or more of the following symptoms:  Battery warning light has turned on Dead battery Battery starts but doesn't hold charge and shuts off mid-drive Dim interior lights Problems with electrical components such as power windows, radio, etc.  ... read more

Tips for Helping Your Teenage Driver

If you're a parent of a teenage driver who is just starting out, you may feel anxious or worried every time you know that your child is behind the wheel. You may wonder, have I done enough to prepare them to drive safely and smartly? There are always risk factors involved when a new driver gets on the road, but preparing them as much as possible will give you more ease as a parent of teen behind the wheel.  Here are some tips for how you can help your teenager be a better driver:  Set an example for your teen. Believe it or not, many teenagers will repeat their parent's bad driving habits because they've learned them from seeing you drive throughout the years. Set an example by following the speed limit, driving safely, following traffic laws, and always wearing your seatbelt.  Try to limit the amount of time your teenager drives at night, if possible. Driving at night is harder and less visible, so getting them better at day driving before being allowed t ... read more

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