Vehicle Starting, Charging & Batteries

Vehicle Starting, Charging & Batteries

Your car’s starting, charging system & battery help ensure dependable vehicle operation whenever you drive your car.

What does it do?  The battery stores electrical energy and the starter converts that energy into mechanical force to turn the engine for starting.  The alternator produces electric current to replace what the starter has used from the battery during start up and supports electrical loads when the engine is running.  An ignition module turns the low voltage supply to the ignition coil on & off, and the coil produces the high voltage for the ignition system.  This creates a spark at spark plugs and ignite the air/fuel mixture in the engine. A belt then transmits power from the front of the engine to the alternator pulley, along with other accessories.

What Wear & Tear can you expect?  your driving habits such as frequent engine on/off cycles will cause more wear on the starter than a simple trip back & forth to work.  Other factors include:

  • Driving & weather conditions
  • Mileage
  • Vehicle Age
  • Excessive electrical draws like in-vehicle entertainment systems

Symptoms of a problem with one of these systems:

  • Headlights & Interior lights dim
  • “Check Engine” and or battery light may come on
  • Accessories fail to operate

What does your cars ignition, starting charging & battery system consist of? Spark plugs, spark plug wires,glow plugs, belts, alternator, starter, battery, ignition coils, ignition module.