You’ve probably noticed a bunch of warning lights on your dash when you start your engine. They flash on to test the circuits and then go off if everything’s okay. One of the warning lights looks like a car battery. Its job is to tell you if your battery is not charging properly. Now, you know that your battery stores electricity, enough to start your engine and get you moving, but that’s about it. You can only get a few miles on battery power alone.
You need an alternator to generate enough electricity to run your engine and power your electrical accessories, like the stereo, power seats, heater fan, onboard computers and so on. On top of that, the alternator needs to recharge your battery. So when your alternator isn’t working properly, there isn’t enough electricity for all those things. One thing’s for sure, when your alternator fails, you aren’t going very far. Why would your alternator not work? Usually they’ve simply worn out. Alternators are driven by your serpentine belt and spin two to three times faster than the engine. That’s a lot of work! The bearings wear out, as do the copper wire coils and magnets that generate the electricity. There’s no sense in hobbling along with an alternator that’s not working properly. It will fail at some point and leave you stranded. Get a bad alternator replaced as soon as you can. A qualified service technician here at Elite Auto Repair will test and install an alternator that meets your manufacturer’s specifications. Some folks use a lot of additional electrical gizmos in the car, like computers and DVD players, or may regularly tow a camp trailer with a battery that recharges as you drive. If that sounds like you, talk with your service advisor about upgrading to a more heavy duty alternator to meet your needs.
Last week we talked about choosing a good used car to buy when you’re ready. The next step is paying for it, especially if you’d like to get a car that’s beyond your current cash on hand. That brings us to finding a good deal on a car loan to finance that good used car you located. If you’re shopping for a car and need to finance some of the costs there are five good ways you can obtain a car loan at the lowest possible interest rate and the best loan terms.