Basic Automotive Terms For All Drivers

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Even though you may not know how to repair cars, you still drive one every day. Not being able to replace a dipstick does not mean you shouldn’t care about it.. You must learn the basics of your car in order to use it effectively. There are a few, simple automotive terms that every driver should be able to recognize. 1. Dipstick Dipsticks are typically used to measure the amount of liquid in your vehicle. By inserting and removing the stick, the liquid will leave a mark indicating the amount left. The most common dipstick in a car is the oil level dipstick, but there is also usually one for brake fluid, coolant and maybe a few others on some models. 2. Spark Plug A spark plug is a small device that sends electrical currents from a car’s ignition to the combustion section. It is designed to ignite the mixture …

Your Car’s Battery in the Desert Heat

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When you drive in Las Vegas, your luxury vehicle’s car battery is especially sensitive to the heat associated with desert conditions. Here are three tips to keep your car battery working well in the desert. If you follow these tips, you are unlikely to end up on the side of the road or stuck in a parking lot with a dead battery. Clean the battery: Without a doubt desert heat can speed up the internal corrosion process of a battery. In fact, within a few months it can damage the battery beyond repair. To avoid this, remove any corrosion by cleaning up the battery connections with a scouring pad or brush. Wait until the engine cools down to avoid burning yourself and exercise caution while cleaning the battery. Check water level: Believe it or not, the water level of a battery can drop quickly and drastically due to the desert’s …

3 Warning Signs Your Alternator Is Failing.

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The alternator is a vital component of your car that turns the mechanical energy of the rotating parts of the engine to electrical energy that powers various functions in your car. If your alternator fails, your car will break down completely. This is especially important when driving a European vehicle with complex electrical systems. Fortunately, there are some telltale signs of a bad alternator so that you can replace this part before you end up stranded. 1. Dimming Headlights… Because the alternator helps power the car’s electrical systems, dimming headlights are often one of the first signs of a failing alternator. In addition to headlights appearing dimmer than usual, other accessories that are powered by electricity may dim or stop working completely. These could include the speedometer and other dashboard dials, power windows and locks, and radio connections. 2. Warning Lights on Dashboard… Most cars have warning lights, usually on …