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How Often Should you Test a Battery?

Your car battery is vitally important to the daily function of your car. Not only does it power your navigation, radio, lights, and air conditioning systems; it also starts your car by turning the starter. Though battery problems are often associated with cold weather, Consumer Reports magazine says heat is a bigger enemy of car batteries and will take a bigger toll on performance and reserve capacity.

The magazine recommends that vehicle owners in hotter parts of the country have their car battery tested after two years of ownership and then every year after.

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What's That Part? - Break Pads

The moment that a service technician approaches and says "To pass your state inspection we'll need to replace your brake pads," can make anyone squirm and wish they hadn't come to get their inspection done. Brake pads are a key part to your car because they apply pressure and friction to a vehicle's brake rotors -- those flat, shiny discs that you can sometimes see just behind the wheels of some vehicles. This is what allows your vehicle to come to a complete stop at your local ice cream shop.

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Ford Motor Company Issues Two Recalls

Ford Motor Company is issuing two safety recalls in North America. Details are as follows:

Safety recall for select 2019 Ranger trucks for transmission shift cable bracket fastener
Ford is issuing a safety recall for select 2019 Ranger vehicles. On some affected vehicles, the two fasteners that secure the transmission shift cable bracket to the transmission housing may not have been torqued to specification...

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Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensor Breakdown

TPMS stands for Tire Pressure Monitoring Sensor and is a part that is designed to inform the driver when any tire on a vehicle is below 25 percent of the recommended tire pressure. All 2008 model year and forward vehicles must be equipped with a TPMS sensors system by law.

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6 Stealthy Troublemakers of Car Care

It’s no secret that vehicle service and maintenance seldom make the list of top driving pleasures. So the last thing you want to happen is to get dragged into the garage over things you can avoid. Here are simple preventive care tips in dealing with six stealthy troublemakers so you can save time, money and grief.

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How often should you change your oil?

For decades dads have been telling their sons to change the oil in their car every 3,000 miles. And this standard has persisted throughout the auto industry despite technical advances in engine technology and oil chemistry.

Today's off-the-shelf oil brands have greatly improved overall viscosity, oxidation resistance, and self-cleaning agents on the molecular level. And standards have changed to accommodate for this (outside of service stations).

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What's that part? - Alternator

What is an alternator?

Alternators are used in modern automobiles to charge the battery and to power the electrical system when its engine is running. It does this by turning mechanical energy into electrical energy with a pulley system. The first car to use an alternator was an unusual system fitted to the early Ford Model T.

The alternator has four main components: The Stator, Rotor, Diode and a Voltage Regulator. 

 

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