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Check Engine Light
Modern vehicles have an onboard computer system that monitors the emissions control systems and control things like the fuel injectors, spark plugs and the idle speed to get the best performance possible from the engine. When your vehicle’s Check Engine Light lights up, it means that the computer has detected a problem and that the driver should bring their vehicle in for inspection as soon as possible.
That’s because when your Check Engine Light comes on, a trouble code is stored in your vehicle’s computer. Your NAPA AUTOPRO service centre has state-of-the-art diagnostic equipment and software to help them retrieve trouble codes, identify the cause and perform the necessary maintenance or repairs before they become worse.
Your car’s alternator is what generates the electricity to power all your car’s electrical accessories like your stereo, onboard computer, etc. On top of that, it needs to recharge your battery; so when your alternator isn’t working properly, you’re not going anywhere.
Car’s alternators are driven by your serpentine belt, which spins 2-3 times faster than your engine. That amount of spinning eventually causes the bearings, coils and magnets to wear out. Sooner or later, the alternator belt will dry out and crack too, because over time belts lose their ability to expand and contract. One sudden malfunction of these relatively inexpensive (but important) parts can have costly consequences, that’s why our qualified technicians have the expertise to detect many potential belt and car hose problems before they happen, simply by doing a visual inspection. You should also pay attention to the mileage on your car and compare it to your vehicle manufacturer’s recommended service intervals to avoid having your alternator fail on you at the wrong time.