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Monthly Archives: October 2021

What to Know About Serpentine Belts

What to Know About Serpentine Belts

Back in the day, most components under the hood, such as the alternator, AC, etc., we're driven and powered by individual belts. Nowadays, vehicles have a single belt to run all the accessories, called the serpentine belt. This long snake-like belt is a pulley attached to a car's crank and powered by the engine.   The serpentine belt loops in through your alternator, air conditioning compressor, and power steering components. So without a productive belt, none of these parts would function.   No matter what kind of engine you have, you're not going to get very far without the serpentine belt. Over time, this belt can experience a lot of wear and tear. It can loosen, crack, tear, and break. It would be best if you didn't let it get to this point, which is why your manufacturer has a recommended interval for when to replace it. If you're unsure, you can always ask a tech at Pro Auto Care to inspect it for you.   As more advancements continue in th ... read more

The Big 3 - Battery, Alternator, and Starter

The Big 3 - Battery, Alternator, and Starter

Your car's electrical/starting system consists of the main parts: battery, alternator, and starter. These three critical components work hand in hand to start your vehicle and run its electrical features (radio, lighting, power windows, etc.). If one of them malfunctions, good luck trying to get anywhere. Here's a little more info on the big 3: Battery: We are all familiar with the battery when we hear anything "electrical" about our car. It is a powerhouse that supplies energy to your electrical accessories. In addition, it also delivers the electrical flow required to start the engine. Alternator: The alternator is what charges your battery every time your car is running. Without a functioning alternator, the battery would die on you all the time. Starter: Though the battery brings power to the engine, the starter is the part that engages the engine pistons. An electrical current discharges from the battery to the starter to drive the crankshaft that starts the p ... read more