Alternators: What Are They and What Do They Do?

Alternators: What Are They and What Do They Do?

Your alternator serves an important purpose, as it powers all your car’s electric components such as the radio and headlights. You may wonder how an alternator works and why it’s so vital to the smooth operation of your vehicle. Let’s talk about it. What an Alternator Does Yes, the battery is critical when you want to start your car when it's already off, but the alternator keeps your car going once the engine is up and running. The alternator supplies the following components with direct current (DC) power while driving or idling: Headlights Steering Power windows Windshield wipers Heated seats Radio Dashboard instruments The alternator essentially converts mechanical energy into electrical energy, powering a drive belt attached to a pulley,…
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How to Extend the Life of Your Car Battery

How to Extend the Life of Your Car Battery

A battery is the lifeblood of a car. Without it, your car won’t move. It’s important to ensure your battery is strong and healthy at all times, to avoid being stranded in the middle of nowhere or in your driveway when you really need to get to work. It’s no secret that an unexpected flat battery can lead to a lot of stress and wasted time. Anything from harsh weather conditions to leaving your lights on can contribute to battery drainage. Here are some tips on how to keep your battery from draining prematurely and how you can extend the life of your car battery. Hint: regular battery service is key to it all. 1.    Test Battery Voltage Regularly Being…
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Benefits of Having a Fleet Service Mechanic in Fort Worth

Benefits of Having a Fleet Service Mechanic in Fort Worth

Your trucks are the lifeblood of your company, transporting goods from one end of the state, and sometimes country, to the other. Without a reliable fleet, you don’t have peace of mind. Proper, consistent maintenance is imperative if you want to keep your trucks in optimal shape so they can handle everything the road and the weather throws at them. The best way to stay on top of this maintenance is to hire a fleet service mechanic. To keep the vehicles in your fleet vehicles running smoothly, it’s best to have many or all of your fleet cars and trucks serviced at the same time. Using an outside provider for regular fleet maintenance brings many benefits to your company, saving…
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6 Signs Your Muffler Needs to be Replaced

6 Signs Your Muffler Needs to be Replaced

As a key part of your vehicle’s function, your muffler system should be working properly at all times. If not, it could cause many problems, from loud noises and dangerous emissions to foul odors and decreased gas mileage. An ill-functioning muffler can result in exhaust back pressure, which in turn can damage other areas of your vehicle – so much so that you may no longer be able to drive it. If you suspect you have a faulty muffler, it’s important to take your vehicle to a professional like Rick and Ray’s where we specialize in muffler repair and replacement. First, what’s a muffler? They work just as they sound – muffling the loud noises produced by your engine while…
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7 Signs You Need Spark Plug Replacement

7 Signs You Need Spark Plug Replacement

Spark plugs are like tiny bolts of lightning. This spark of electricity emitted by the plug creates the ignition necessary for the combustion to start up your car. It spurs the pistons in your engine to get set in motion so your car starts, and stays powered, producing an even blend of a compressed air-fuel mixture. Spark plugs can withstand the extreme pressure and heat of the cylinders, designed to easily burn off deposits from contaminants and fuel additives. In a nutshell, the spark plugs create the electricity that is meant to ignite the air-fuel mixture in the engine, which allows your car to start. You need spark plugs to keep your engine in motion so you can drive. But…
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