The Secret Life of a Car Alternator

Car alternators don't always get the attention and respect they deserve, but they should. They are the component that supply continuous electricity to power lights, gauges, computers and switches. The alternator also powers the starter and recharges your car's battery as you drive through Grandville.

The Alternator: a Short History

The alternator first appeared in special-use WWII vehicles. Later, Ford incorporated the technology into the Model T. Not until 1960, with Chrysler's Valiant, did the alternator become a standard vehicle component. 

 

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Signs Your Tires Need to Be Replaced

Tires have a tendency to wear out over time. That is why you will need to have them replaced before something goes wrong. You need to inspect your tires monthly and look for signs of damaged. You will need to look for cracks on the sidewall. This is a sign that indicates your tire is leaking.

You will also need to look for bulges and blisters. They can cause your tire to blow out suddenly. Excessive vibration is another sign that indicates your tire needs to be replaced. This is a sign that indicates your wheels are out of balance…

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Understanding Vehicle History Reports

When you buy a pre-owned vehicle at Zeigler Maserati of Grandville, we want you to have full information about the car that you have selected. That's why we offer vehicle history reports when you are assessing a used vehicle for purchase. If you have never seen one, here is what a typical one contains.

At its simplest, a vehicle history report tells you about the car's past. It contains details about what maintenance work has been performed, including things like oil changes, alignments, brake work and other important items. The 

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Make The Choice Not To Drive Distracted

AAA recommends a lot of different strategies for helping to deal with distracted driving. They want people to know that they need to focus on driving completely and not allow some of the typical distractions to become a big deal.

They recommend that all drivers take the time to handle their grooming and snacking and more while they are at home and not while they are in the car. They always tell people to make sure that they don’t look at their smartphones while in the car.

Other recommendations are

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Taking Care Leads to Installing Child Safety Seats

Missing or improperly installed child safety seats are among the leading causes of death among children.

Please take a few moments and make sure your child's safety seat is installed correctly.

Your child's safety begins with placing them in the correct seat.
  • Rear-facing seats are generally for the smallest children.
  • Front-facing seats are recommended for children from 4 to 7 years old.
  • Booster seats are intended for children older than 8 years old.
Most importantly, make sure your child fits safely and comfortably in the seat.


 
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Reasons to Consider a Used Car

A used vehicle is a great way to save some money if you need something new to drive around. Used vehicles at Zeigler Maserati of Grandville have usually been manufactured within the past few years. There's still a lot of life left in them. Other benefits include:
  • Lower registration fees and lower insurance costs when buying used.
  • A used vehicle retains its value more than something brand new would.
  • Many years of reliability left. Vehicles are made to last these days.
  • A thorough inspection process is performed by our service technicians before we sell anything.
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Taking Care Of Your Car During The Spring

Your vehicle requires the best possible care during all seasons. One time to look at it in particular is when we approach the spring. Winter months cause a lot of wear and tear on our vehicles, and it is always a good idea to get them the kind of maintenance help that they need.

Wiper blades are a major part of what any responsible vehicle owner should take care of. The spring months bring a lot of additional rain. That means making sure your wiper blades are working right, and if they are not, they should be replaced.

 

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You Should Buy A Dash Camera Today For Your Own Safety

The word is out that dash cams are a great way to stay safe on the road and more. They offer you the most comprehensive way to show in a video fashion that you are not at fault in an accident. There are other scenarios as well such as a road rage incident when it might also benefit you to have a dash camera. Make sure you note this and understand that the best thing to do is to always leave the camera running. That is one of the few ways that you will have the goods that you need…

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Maintain Your Belts and Hoses for Happiness

At Zeigler Maserati of Grandville, we appreciate that today's autos are more reliable than those of previous eras. Still, we hope you will consider how your vehicle's belts and hoses affect your on-road happiness.

Consider three crucial belts, which are your serpentine belt, your timing belt and your CVT belt, if present. Serpentine belts, as their noteworthy name implies, transmit engine power to mechanical components in your car. For example, your serpentine belt runs your air conditioner. Timing belts keep your pistons from misfiring. 

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You Can Learn to Test Your Car's Battery with a Simple Tool

Here at Zeigler Maserati of Grandville the cooler months always seem to bring an increase in dead car batteries. Sometimes a battery may only need a charge. If the battery on your car is draining regularly it may need to be replaced. Here's a simple way to test the battery.

You'll need a tool called a multimeter. This is a tool with two metal ends attached to a voltage meter. You simply attach the leads of the multimeter to the correct battery terminals. The red is for positive, and the black is for the negative terminal. You'll…

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