BATTERIES & YOUR CHARGING SYSTEM
Here’s an interesting statistic for our friends in San Diego: Only thirty percent of car batteries make it to forty-eight months. And the life expectancy varies by where you live. It ranges from fifty-one months in extremely cold areas to just thirty months in extremely hot climates.
Why is that? It turns out that it’s our modern cars with all their electric accessories that are to blame. Things like, GPS, DVDs, and entertainment computers are keeping car batteries from maintaining a full charge. The longer a battery goes with a low charge, the sooner it’ll die.
Keeping the battery charged is the job of the alternator. The problem comes when the car’s demand for electricity is high and we are driving in stop and go conditions like Highway 15 or short trips around El Cajon or Kearny Mesa. The alternator just can’t keep up. The result is shortened battery life.
Engine Mechanical repairs such as water pump replacements, manifold leaks, and head gaskets are at the very foundation of automotive repair. As you would expect, we perform these repairs using quality parts which meet original equipment standards and we back it with a 12 month parts & labor warranty.
Is your car sometimes hard to start on an early San Diego morning? When you turn the key, does it hesitate or stutter? If so, the problem could be the result of a dirty fuel system. Your car’s fuel system starts with the air filter and ends in the top of your engine. Over time, different parts of the system get dirty and will rob you of your performance and reduce fuel economy.
Check Engine Light
Check Engine and Service Engine Soon lights indicate a problem has been determined by your vehicles on-board computer. Our ASE Certified Technicians are capable of diagnosing and repairing these problems on most foriegn and domestic vehicles. Remember, vehicles with these warning lights will not pass a state smog inspection.
The “Check Engine” light is part of your car’s onboard diagnostics (OBD) system. On-Board computers have increasingly controlled and monitored vehicle performance, regulating such variables as engine speed, fuel mixture, transmission shift points, ignition timing, emission regulations, and much, much more.