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Is it my starter or alternator? . . .

So your car wouldn't start this morning, and you don't know how to tell if your car starter is bad. You don't know much about cars and aren't sure how to tell if it's your car starter your battery, or the alternator?

Do you know how to tell if your car starter or alternator is bad. Don't delay in scheduling an appointment at your auto shop for a full car inspection
06
Dec
2017

Is it my starter or alternator? . . .

So your car wouldn't start this morning, and you don't know how to tell if your car starter is bad. You don't know much about cars and aren't sure how to tell if it's your car starter your battery, or the alternator?

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If you thought that a bigger exhaust system meant more power, it’s not always true. Some drivers want an exhaust that will improve the sound and look of their vehicle. But, if your goal is to increase the performance of your vehicle, consider the points below:

1. What are the parts of an Exhaust System and what do they do?

  • Exhaust Manifold/Header: This is the first point of contact for the exhaust gases after they exit the cylinder head. Typically, heavy cast manifolds are swapped out for tubular headers.
  • Catalytic Converter: This device takes the incoming NOx, CO, and unburnt hydrocarbons from the exhaust and “converts” it into much less harmful N2, O2, CO2, and H2O.
  • Piping: Routes the air away from the vehicle so the passenger cabin doesn’t fill with toxic fumes.
  • Resonator: Not necessarily part of the exhaust system, the resonator helps eliminate noise by rejecting sound waves and canceling each other out.
  • Muffler: The muffler also works to eliminate noise by redirecting the airflow through porous pipes, allowing the exhaust gases to expand into sound deadening material, minimizing the noise that finally exits the tailpipe.
Contact Rum River Automotive, your auto repair and muffler shop in princeton, MN, if you are wondering how do exhaust systems increase horsepower
20
Nov
2017

If you thought that a bigger exhaust system meant more power, it’s not always true. Some drivers want an exhaust that will improve the sound and look of their vehicle. But, if your goal is to increase the performance of your vehicle, consider the points below:

1. What are the parts of an Exhaust System and what do they do?

  • Exhaust Manifold/Header: This is the first point of contact for the exhaust gases after they exit the cylinder head. Typically, heavy cast manifolds are swapped out for tubular headers.
  • Catalytic Converter: This device takes the incoming NOx, CO, and unburnt hydrocarbons from the exhaust and “converts” it into much less harmful N2, O2, CO2, and H2O.
  • Piping: Routes the air away from the vehicle so the passenger cabin doesn’t fill with toxic fumes.
  • Resonator: Not necessarily part of the exhaust system, the resonator helps eliminate noise by rejecting sound waves and canceling each other out.
  • Muffler: The muffler also works to eliminate noise by redirecting the airflow through porous pipes, allowing the exhaust gases to expand into sound deadening material, minimizing the noise that finally exits the tailpipe.
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I believe that we've all experienced going in for a brake job or an oil change only to be surprised that our car is about to die if we don't fork up hundreds of dollars for a major repair. One of those surprises could be your radiator. Let's take a look at some warning signs and preventative measures of radiator repair.

First, you must understand the purpose of the radiator. It is a heat exchanger used for cooling internal combustion engines, mainly in automobiles. Coolant should be mixed with the water in the radiator, which circulates through the engine block where it heats up, then through the radiator again where it is cooled, and then back to the engine. The process is repeated continuously while the car is running. 

Green Does Not Mean Go!

The color of radiator coolant is typically green, although in some cases it could be orange. If you see green liquid leaking from underneath your car, you've possibly got a radiator problem or a leaky hose.

Have your radiator inspected regularly so that you won't be spending more in radiator repair. Ask your mechanic how often do radiators need to be replaced.
06
Nov
2017

I believe that we've all experienced going in for a brake job or an oil change only to be surprised that our car is about to die if we don't fork up hundreds of dollars for a major repair. One of those surprises could be your radiator. Let's take a look at some warning signs and preventative measures of radiator repair.

First, you must understand the purpose of the radiator. It is a heat exchanger used for cooling internal combustion engines, mainly in automobiles. Coolant should be mixed with the water in the radiator, which circulates through the engine block where it heats up, then through the radiator again where it is cooled, and then back to the engine. The process is repeated continuously while the car is running. 

Green Does Not Mean Go!

The color of radiator coolant is typically green, although in some cases it could be orange. If you see green liquid leaking from underneath your car, you've possibly got a radiator problem or a leaky hose.

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