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Top 5 Signs Your Alternator Needs Repairs

Top 5 Signs Your Alternator Needs Repairs

While your vehicle's battery does give electrical charges to start your engine, the alternator plays an even more important role by keeping the battery charged. It is also the part that powers your car's electrical functions. Without a working alternator, your vehicle will not be able to get you where you need to be.    The alternator draws its power from the engine into electrical energy. The electrical current is then moved to keep your electrical systems operational and battery-charged. It is named an alternator because it generates an alternating current that changes direction systematically.    Because the alternator is related to the battery, it is somewhat harder to differentiate which one is causing a problem. Both components have parts that wear out, which means you may need to make a trip to the auto shop for a more accurate understanding. These are some of the most common signs that your alternator needs repairs: Dimming or Blinking of Interi ... read more

Your Easy Guide on How To Check Your Tire Pressure

Your Easy Guide on How To Check Your Tire Pressure

As a responsible car owner, you should check your tires whenever possible. Having improper tire pressure can lead to uneven tread wear, which can ultimately worsen your gas mileage and affect your vehicle's handling. If you're unsure how to measure your tire pressure, you've come to the right place. This is Protech Automotive Service's guide to perfecting your tire pressure measuring routine.   Before you run to grab your pressure gauge, you need to know how much air your tires require. In the United States, tire pressure is measured in units of PSI (pounds per square inch). There should be a sticker on the driver's door frame that shows the recommended tire pressure specific to your vehicle. If you have difficulty finding the sticker, then you can also look in your owner's manual.   The ideal time to measure your tire pressure is when the vehicle has been idle for several hours and the tires are cold. As mentioned before, you will need a tire pres ... read more

Fluid Change and Fluid Flush: Is there a Difference?

Fluid Change and Fluid Flush: Is there a Difference?

Your car has several essential fluids to keep its internal components running correctly. The six critical fluids in every vehicle are engine oil, transmission fluid, brake fluid, power steering fluid, radiator coolant, and windshield wiper fluid. If these fluids run low or the fluid itself is not in good or clean condition, your vehicle could display some alarming problems.   Fluid Maintenance It is highly urged that you check your fluids periodically. The most frequent fluid service that you have to keep up with is the oil change. The other liquids don't need to be refilled or replaced as often. Most of the time, you may hear a couple of different names regarding fluid maintenance: fluid change and fluid flush. The average person may use these terms interchangeably when they bring their car in for service, but there is a significant distinction between the two services. Let's discuss the difference between a fluid change and a fluid flush.   A fluid change is as ... read more

Signs You Have Faulty Spark Plugs

Signs You Have Faulty Spark Plugs

A spark plug is one of the most underrated car components. They play a crucial role in igniting the air-fuel mixture within the engine cylinders to get and keep your vehicle moving. With time, your spark plugs might become fouled and dirty, impacting your engine performance. When a spark plug is fouled, it is usually covered with such substances as fuel, carbon, or air. At this point, the only way you can enhance your engine performance is by having your spark plugs cleaned without causing any damage to the electrodes.   Most manufacturers will recommend that you have your vehicle's spark plugs replaced every 30,000 - 50,000 miles. If you haven't had yours checked in quite some time, you might want to consider contacting our mechanics now.   Here are some of the signs that your spark plug is failing and needs a replacement:   Reduced Gas Mileage   If you find yourself making trips to the gas station a little too much than usual, you ... read more