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What Electrical Component Is Behind My Starting Problem?

What Electrical Component Is Behind My Starting Problem?

Every vehicle owner dreads the moment they go to start their vehicle and get nothing for a response. Car starting failures are often a result of an electrical system problem, and it usually narrows down to the battery or alternator. Read on to learn more about what these parts do and how one or the other can be causing your starting failures. Battery vs. Alternator In simple terms, the battery is the powerhouse, and it holds the electrical charge needed to start the ignition process. When your engine is turned off, electrical accessories like your lights, power windows, and other parts draw power from the battery. On the other hand, the alternator is the electrical component that converts mechanical energy to electrical energy to be stored in the battery. It generates power to recharge the battery when the engine is on. It keeps the vehicle's electrical accessories running when you're on the go and when idling. Both are necessary to keep your electrical system running and eng ... read more

Part 2 - Should You Buy an Extended Warranty?

Part 2 - Should You Buy an Extended Warranty?

  Last time, we discussed the types of warranties and the pitfalls of the extended warranty as a whole. Basically, warranty companies have a much higher chance of benefiting from your purchase of an extended warranty than you are because it’s not as likely that your warranty will cover something you actually need replaced in the time you have it. In the event that you are covered under warranty and the extended warranty company accepts fault, in many cases they will battle with the repair facility and tell them what quality of part they want to install on the car and then ask us to back it with our warranty and put it in writing for them. Depending on how far you are in your warranty will really determine what they decide on parts, but we often see  requests to install used parts. Naturally, a customer expects that they will be receiving a new replacement, just like they would with home insurance– if the roof goes bad, it’ll be replaced with a new roof&hell ... read more

When buying a new or used car, Should I purchase an extended warranty?

When buying a new or used car, Should I purchase an extended warranty?

We’re all familiar with questions about a car’s extended warranty, but is having an extended warranty even worth purchasing? We want to preface our answer by clarifying that not all extended warranty companies are terrible, but there are some companies that give their industry a certain reputation. However, it’s completely up to you to decide what you think and whether or not an extended warranty suits your needs, so we want to ensure you have all the information you need to make this decision. First, let's dive into some of the different types of extended warranties.   The basic extended warranty (sometimes called bronze) package will be an extremely basic warranty. It will only have coverage up to a certain amount of money per hour paid out, as well as it generally will only cover half of the bill up to a maximum amount. Usually, it covers internally lubricated parts of the engine and transmission.   The plus extended warranty (or silver) package wi ... read more

Fix It or Buy It?

Fix It or Buy It?

  Last week we asked, ‘is it worth fixing a car that needs a lot of work or should I get a different car?’ We’ve discovered that this question often results in a cycle among car owners–they believe their car needs too much work to put money into, go to trade in their car at a dealership, only to end up in the driver’s seat of the last owner’s problem.    What if we could create a plan for you to keep your car and help you prioritize the repairs and maintenance of your car based on your budget. Together, we can make a plan to get the vehicle back up to safe and reliable condition so you are maintaining your car again rather than being buried in repair bills.   Of course, there are situations when it just doesn't make sense to fix the car, and it's time to get a different car. If there is rust that is non-repairable to the vehicle or the integrity of the frame has been compromised, that's a sure sign that we probabl ... read more

My car needs a lot of work, is it worth fixing or should I get a different car?

My car needs a lot of work, is it worth fixing or should I get a different car?

With today's vehicles becoming more complex and sophisticated, falling behind on important maintenance in a vehicle can really cause some major problems with some unexpected repair bills.    When you bring a vehicle to Honest Wrenches Automotive Repair, we always follow our 300% rule. What is that rule you may ask? 100% of the cars that come into our service centers will get inspected 100% of the time. We will estimate those findings and present them to you 100% of the time.    We do this, not to sell you something, but to ensure you are always fully aware of the condition of your vehicle and the investment required to get it back up to safe and reliable condition. It's then up to you whether or not you want to do any of it at all.    So, now we have to figure out whether or not you should keep your vehicle or not once you get the inspection report. Some people might look at that inspection report and go ‘yup, I knew that was going to h ... read more

Servicing Your Transmission Fluid

Servicing Your Transmission Fluid

On Tuesday, we broke down the myth of causing harm to your transmission by servicing your transmission fluid. This service is vital to your transmission’s performance, but if not done properly, there are risks. Like topping off your spoiled milk with fresh milk, adding new transmission fluid to old transmission fluid will just taint what’s good. Transmission fluid cleans, cools, and lubricates the internal components of your transmission, so you want to make sure that you’re keeping up on its maintenance.   If you don’t clean out all of the old “spoiled” fluid that captured all of the debris, sludge, and grime from the transmission, and then add new fluid that’s going to continue to clean the system, the debris, sludge, and grime will just be mixed back in with the good fluid. So, when we perform our transmission fluid service, we add an effective cleaner into the system prior to servicing the fluid and we get the fluid up to operating t ... read more

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