WHAT DOES AN ALTERNATOR DO?:
- Provides power to the electrical system
- Recharges the battery when the car is running
Your vehicle’s circuits act as pathway for electrical power. The voltage regulator controls the voltage passed through the circuits. Remember, all of these components require consistent attention and maintenance to ensure your vehicle is reliable. Your vehicle doesn’t solely function on its battery, so if any components fail, your power source is reduced to a twenty pound paper weight.
HOW DOES A VEHICLE’S START SYSTEM WORK?
Turning the ignition causes a small current to pass through the starter relay, causing a stronger current to flow through the battery cables and into the starter motor. The starter motor cranks the engine (vroom!), forcing the piston to create enough suction drawing a fuel and air mixture into the cylinder. The ignition system creates a spark igniting the mixture and your engine starts. Once your engine is roaring, put the pedal down and hit the road!
TOP 5 THINGS TO DO IF YOUR CAR WON’T START
At KB Tire and Auto, we understand the frustration when your car won’t start. To help get you where you need to be, our team of expert auto technicians put together a list of things to check if you can’t get your car to start.
CHECK YOUR CAR’S BATTERY
A dead battery is usually the number one reason a car won’t start! So, before you throw your keys to a place where they will never be found, grab your jumper cables. Your battery can die for a number of reasons – leaving a dome light on overnight, poor conductivity or it could be old. Whatever the reason, try to jump-start your car. If the jump-start fails, you may be dealing with a dying battery.
TIME TO REPLACE THE IGNITION SWITCH
If you know your battery is working properly, your vehicle’s ignition switch could be faulty.
QUICK TIP FROM KB TIRE & AUTO: Remember, your car’s battery controls your headlights and dashboard. If your headlights and dashboard turn on, you’re most likely dealing with a bad ignition switch.
DO YOU HEAR THE ‘CLICK, CLICK, CLICK’ OF A BROKEN STARTER
Your car’s starter is responsible for providing the necessary force to get the engine moving. If you hear a clicking sound when you turn the ignition over, a broken starter could be the issue. In this case, you may need to call a tow truck!
WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU CHANGED YOUR FUEL FILTER?
Your vehicle’s fuel filter should be changed every 10,000 – 15,000 miles. If you can’t remember when your filter was replaced or if your filter has ever been changed, it may be time to call KB Tire for a tune up!
DO YOU NEED GAS?
It happens to all of us – the gas light has been on for the last 15 miles and you have had every intention of filling up, but you got busy. If you’ve been running on fumes, your car may not have enough gas in the tank to start the engine. Our suggestion? Call a buddy and get a lift to the gas station.