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Charging And Starting Systems
Along with the engine of your car, the battery is another life source for your car. If you’ve ever left your lights on and need a jump from another vehicle, you know the frustrations of a dead battery. Whether you need a battery replacement or having trouble with the alternator, the team at Clarke’s European auto repair shop can take a look and have your vehicle up and running in no time.
Our repair shop services European makes and models including Audi, BMW, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Volvo, and Volkswagen. We also regularly repair Asian and Domestic vehicles, including Honda, Acura, Toyota, Lexus, Nissan, Mazda, and Subaru.
Common Battery and Alternator Services
- Battery Service: The ticker of your car, the battery’s purpose is to get the engine running. When you come in for battery service, we will determine the condition and functionality of the battery, if it can properly keep the alternator running, check the cables and terminals, clean the surface, and perform a load test. We can also perform battery replacement if necessary.
- Alternator: The alternator is a generator that keeps your car running and provides an electrical supply to the battery, which would quickly lose power without the backup supply. You may need to have your alternator serviced when the car has a harder time getting started when you turn the key, if you hear a faint clicking sound, or if the engine doesn’t turn over at all.
- Drive Belt: Many of the engine’s accessories, including the alternator, water pump, power steering pump, and air conditioner compressor are all kept in motion by belts. If your car only has one drive belt, it is called a serpentine belt. With regular maintenance and checkups, a mechanical will be able to let you know when the belt needs to be replaced. It is typically replaced between 30 and 40,000 miles.
- The Starter: There are two components to the starter, the solenoid, which sends a signal to the starter and tell it to activate, and the starter motor itself. Signs the starter is failing is if your car’s engine doesn’t turn over, it engages but doesn’t turn the engine, if there is a grinding sound, or there is smoke when starting the motor.
- Cables: A cable is used to connect the starter to the battery. Corroded or loose cable connections can cause a lack of power to the battery. When there is not enough power running through the cables, you may hear that dreaded clicking sound.
If you left your lights on, it’s probably clear what the issue is, but if the engine isn’t starting, your headlights aren’t as bright as they usually are, or if there is a burning rubber smell (caused by belts creating excess friction) the problem may not be as obvious to the average car owner. Come into Clarke’s European auto repair shop and we’ll diagnose the issue and begin the service as soon as possible.
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