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Is Your Alternator Failing?

Don’t end up stranded! Take care of your alternator!

Typically speaking, any electrical problems you notice with your car can be attributed to an issue with your alternator. While this isn’t the case all of the time, it is always a great place to start. Today, we will discuss a few of the common issues you can expect with an alternator.

 

Car Won’t Start

While a dead battery is the occasional cause of  problems starting your car, if your car is having trouble starting fairly often, you might have a problem with the alternator. Particularly if your car won’t start at all, and you need to jump it to get going. You should take your car to a mechanic to pinpoint the reason, and save yourself from being stranded later on.

Dim Lights

Are certain parts of your car having trouble working as a team? Dim lights are a common sign of alternator trouble, particularly if your lights dim when you turn on the radio or air conditioner. no matter what the cause, this does indicate an electrical problem, so it is important to have it evaluated quickly.

Battery Problems

Because your alternator is responsible for keeping your battery charged, you will find yourself with a dead battery when the alternator fails. IT is important that you have the battery checked before you replace it, because if the battery is fine, but the alternator isn’t, you won’t be able to fix your car until the alternator is repaired.

 

Don’t end up stranded on the side of the road. If you need car repairs or would like to have your alternator evaluated, give us a call at (865) 272-3379 today to get started!

 

 

3 Common Diesel Engine Problems

Diesel Engine

Diesel engines are known for their power an persistence. Still, problems do typically arise at some point, in all types of engines. If you are the owner of a diesel truck, or a high powered car with a diesel engine, you might be wondering what the most common problems are. If you have a problem with your diesel engine in Oak Ridge, TN, or Knoxville, TN, you can contact People’s Choice Auto Care. Take a look at 3 common diesel engine problems:

Dirty Exhaust

Of all the common diesel engine problems, exhaust contamination might be the most talked about. Yes, the black smoke-like exhaust permeating from the tail pipe might look good, but it indicates a problem with your vehicles fuel/air ratio. The consequences extend beyond possible damage to your truck or car, because you could be hit with a fine for failure to to abide by the clean air ordinance.

Faulty Lead Acid Batteries

Damaged lead acid batteries can actually throw off the engine’s compression ratio. If your vehicle is having issues starting, or starting slow, there could be an issue with your battery. The lead acid battery has a nice weight to power ratio making it efficient and powerful. Damage likely requires professional assistance.

Oil Oxidation

If you have left your truck in storage it may have been exposed to oil oxidation. This term refers to the infiltration of air into the oil and it can have serious consequences. Leaving this ailment unresolved can in fact damage your engine. Bring it by to People’s Choice Auto Repair so we can take a look, or give us a call at (865) 272-3379

Do I Need New Brake Pads?

mechanic changing brake pads on a carOf course, once you start rolling, you always want to have the ability to come to a complete stop when necessary. The brakes pads are a necessity to any vehicle on the road. That’s why it’s critical to recognize when your brake pads are in bad shape and when it’s necessary to have them changed. “But how do I know if I need new brake pads,” some may ask. Not to worry, the professionals at People’s Choice Auto Repair are here to let you know of some red flags to look out for.

  • Thin Pads: If you take a peek through the spokes of your wheel, you’ll be able to see your brake pad pressed against the rotor. If it’s anything less than 1/4 of an inch thick, that’s a visual cue that it’s time to get those pads changed.
  • Pulsating Pedal: When pressing on the brake pedal, if you feel a vibration or a pulsing sensation, it’s due to pads that have been warped by heat or pads that are simply worn out. Either way, you should have them replaced immediately.
  • Grinding Noise: Turn down your radio when you’re coming to a stop. If you hear that humming and or grinding noise coming from your vehicle, that’s a telltale sign that your brake pads are beyond bad shape and are beyond repair. in this situation, not only do you need to have your brake pads replaced, but you also need to change out your rotors, too. It’s highly recommended to contact a qualified professional for this job.

People’s Choice Auto Repair are here for you!Not only do we want to make sure that your car is in tip-top shape, but we want to guarantee your safety while driving here and there. With more than 20 years of experience, we know that we have the skills and answers you need to keep your vehicle healthy. When you need quality auto repair services, like brake repair, in Oak Ridge or Knoxville, TN, give us a call at (865) 272-3379.