Stop-start (also known as “micro-hybrid”) technology is the latest effort by vehicle manufacturers to achieve the nearly 55 miles-per-gallon corporate average fuel economy (CAFE) standards expected by the EPA before the 2025 model year.
Charging problems can have many different causes, with the alternator being only one of many possibilities. Yet because the alternator is the heart of the charging system, many people jump to the mistaken conclusion that the alternator must be bad if any of these conditions exist – and end up replacing the alternator unnecessarily.
Aftermarket fuel additives that are specially formulated to (1) prevent deposit formation, (2) remove accumulated deposits or (3) do both functions can help improve fuel economy, performance and emissions.
The same aroma of fuel that gets our adrenaline pumping at the local race track gives us a distinctly different feeling when we smell it at the front counter. Most customers don’t bring a used fuel pump to your counter unless there is a problem.
Most wheel bearings on late-model vehicles are part of a sealed hub assembly or cartridge.
These rotating electrical components are a frequently replaced item on many older vehicles – even some newer ones. Starters are lasting much longer these days, thanks to quick-starting fuel-injected engines, but alternators are really taking a beating.
Accrediting team cites “exemplary” commitment to technician training; says company has “significantly raised the bar for others.”
Waiting until the belt gives out can have disastrous consequences.