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do i need to surrender a faulty part to get a mechanic to replace it

Who Keeps That Faulty Part?


Ellen's new alternator left her stranded 90 miles away from the shop. The mechanic wants it back before he'll refund her money. Is this common?

Does car cigarette lighter damage battery

Could car cigarette lighters be an alternate energy source?


Oftentimes, I charge my mobile phone or iPod using the cigarette lighter in my car. Does that do any damage to the battery, like limit its life span? If so, should I stop? If not, shouldn't everyone be charging their...

How to tell the difference between a bad battery and a bad alternator.

How does one tell the difference between a bad battery and a bad alternator? My car will not crank, but has some power (the dome lights, panel lights and power locks work). I've had it on a trickle charge for...
if a car is already started does it need a battery

Can a car run without its battery?


Could you please settle an argument? Some of my ham radio friends and I have a disagreement about the ability of a vehicle to operate without a battery. I say that a vehicle will stop immediately if you disconnect the...

why is my relatively new battery getting corroded so quickly

Why's this Chevy burning through batteries?


I'm anxious to ask you guys a car question that has stumped the Chevy dealer.

could testing the car alternator by removing a battery cable cause electrical damage

Best way to safely test an alternator.


To do a quick check on an alternator I was told that you could start the car and then remove the negative battery cable Doing this would allow you to check whether the alternator is putting out enough current to...

Does an alternator produce more electricity than a car needs or only what is demanded?

Does a car's alternator always produce more electricity than the car and its accessories can ever use Or does the alternator produce only as much electricity as the car demands In other words if I open and close the electric...

What could cause my Geo to blow three alternators in 13 months?

I own a Geo Prizm LSi with air conditioning I have put in three alternators in the past months Is there anything you know of that would cause them to keep blowing -- Steve RAY There are two things I...

Are rebuilt alternators just as good as manufacturer supplied alternators?

I have a white ' Toyota Corolla which I purchased used in When I bought it there were miles on the odometer Less than six months later it needed a new alternator I took it to my favorite mechanics not...

Your alternator might be causing your brake light to flicker.

Datsun B Two or three months ago I noticed that the dashboard brake light was flickering as if it were a turn indicator while I was stopped at a red light I immediately drove to my trustworthy mechanic They decided...


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