Monthly Archives: February 2019

Signs Your Alternator’s Failing

How Do I Tell If My Alternator’s Broken? An alternator is your car’s generator: once the car is started, the alternator generates energy to power your vehicle and its accessories, like the interior and exterior lights. It also simultaneously recharges your battery for the next time you need to start the car. Sometimes, alternators wear out or just break. How do you know if your alternator needs maintenance? Here are signs that your automobile’s alternator needs service. My battery light is on Most people assume the battery light means there’s something wrong with your car battery. In fact, it most likely means there’s a charging issue. If your battery light is on, this could mean your car’s alternator is failing. Either way, a lit battery light is something that should be investigated. Bring your car to HEART Certified Auto Care for our exclusive 33 point inspection and we’ll have your problem solved ASAP. In fact, 98% of o ... read more

Everything You Need to Know about Transmissions

Signs Your Car’s Transmission is Failing Transmissions distribute power to your vehicle’s wheels. Like the chains on a bicycle, transmissions are what switch your car into high gear when you need it and take you back down when you’re done. It’s an extremely important part of your car, and you should monitor your transmission as closely as you do the oil in your car. To help you understand your car’s transmission, here are tips on troubleshooting transmission problems, as well as information on transmission fluid. Transmissions can fail for a lot of reasons: overheating, slipping gears, or too little transmission fluid.Here are symptoms of a failing transmission:   How do I tell if my transmission is slipping? When your transmission slips into a different gear on its own, it’s time to have it checked out. It’s often accompanied by a change in engine pitch or an engine whine.   Another sign your transmission is ... read more

Nine Best Practices for Tire Maintenance

Nine Best Practices for Tire Maintenance Your car’s tires don’t always get as much attention as engines, oil, or even its exterior, but proper tire maintenance is one of the easiest ways to keep your car running safely, efficiently, and for longer. To guarantee you get the most out of your tires, and to answer questions, such as “What’s good tire pressure,” “How do I inspect tires” and “What on earth is tire rotation, anyway?”, here are nine best practices for proper tire maintenance. What’s the best tire pressure? The most effective and easiest way to maintain your tires is by keeping them properly inflated. This simple practice not only keeps your tires from wearing too fast, but prevents skids on slick surfaces and improves overall fuel economy.   But note: Not all tires require equal pressure. Car manufacturers list their PSI recommendations on a sticker inside the driver’s ... read more

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