Tag: battery


PSA: Tips for Storing Your Vehicle During COVID-19

Many states and large cities have now implemented shelter-in-place orders to help curb the COVID-19 outbreak—meaning everyone has to stay home. And while there are exceptions to this mandate, such...Read more


Signs Your Vehicle Isn’t Running Properly: 10 Symptoms You Should Never Ignore

Many modern cars feature high-tech diagnostic systems that monitor the health of the vehicle. Still, drivers will ignore common warnings that something is wrong. While it's okay to prolong a...Read more


How to Tell if Your Alternator is Bad

Powering your vehicle’s electronics isn’t solely the job of your car battery. The alternator provides the necessary electrical energy whenever your car’s engine is running. Plus, the alternator charges the...Read more


Reduced Engine Power Mode: What Does it Really Mean?

Is your Chevy or other General Motors (GM) vehicle displaying “Engine Power Reduced” on the instrument cluster? Maybe the check engine light is on as well? Don’t panic and trade-in...Read more


10 Essentials: The Pre-Road-Trip Car Maintenance Checklist

Memorial Day weekend’s coming up, and we hope you’re just as thrilled as us for the opportunity to go on a road trip. (LA to Cayucos for this writer! Where...Read more


Back to School Checklist: 2001 Volkswagen Passat

I have been enjoying my Summer Vacation away from school with my family, seeing old friends and going to as many Angels' baseball games as I can. My senior year...Read more


A Step-by-Step Guide on How to Test a Car Battery

“What should my battery voltage be?” you may ask. On a full charge, automotive batteries have 12.6 volts or above. When the engine’s running, the battery should have 13.7 to...Read more


How to Tell Positive and Negative Terminals on a Car Battery

You may ask, “What color is positive on a car battery?” or “Which battery terminal do I disconnect first?” if you’re a beginner when it comes to car maintenance and...Read more


Hybrid Power Systems for the New Millennium

The Concept -- How Hybrid Cars work in simple terms The Cars -- What it's like to drive them The Nuts & Bolts -- How the hardware works in technical...Read more


The Ignition System

The purpose of the ignition system is twofold: first to create a voltage high enough (20,000+) to arc cross the gap of a spark plug, thus creating a spark strong...Read more


Common Questions Asked by Motorists

Q: Every once in a while I can hear a squeak or metal grinding noise coming out of the front wheels. It happens mostly at low speeds while turning. When...Read more


Understanding Your Car

In this section, we will help you understand how your car works. We assume that you know nothing about how a car works and provide clear, understandable explanations of the...Read more


Underhood Checks

Back to Car Care Do you know your way around under the hood of your car? While not as critical as it used to be, checking under the hood periodically...Read more


Automobile Battery: Everything You Need to Know

The automotive battery, also known as a lead-acid storage battery, is an electrochemical device that produces voltage and delivers current. In an automotive battery we can reverse the electrochemical action,thereby...Read more


A Short Course on Charging Systems

This article is broken down into six sections: What is a charging systemThe AlternatorThe Voltage RegulatorCharging system gauge or warning lampWhat Can Go WrongRepairing Charging System Problems What is a...Read more


The Starting System

The "starting system", the heart of the electrical system in your car, begins with the Battery. The key is inserted into the Ignition Switch and then turned to the start...Read more


My Car Won’t Start, What Should I Do?

With today's computer controlled cars, the possibility of a vehicle not starting when you turn the key is less likely than ever before.  But it does happen, and when it...Read more


What Happens When You Use Jumper Cables Incorrectly?

Knowing how to use jumper cables could be the difference between being stranded with a flat battery and being able to drive to the nearest repair shop. The car battery...Read more