Yearly Archives: 2020

How does an alternator work?

How does an alternator work?

Most people think of the battery as the driving force for powering your vehicle's electronics, but that's only part of the equation. The charging system is a combination of your battery, voltage regulator, and alternator. Today, our focus is on the alternator. The alternator gets its power from the serpentine belt, which gets its power from the engine's crankshaft. The alternator got its name because it uses alternating current. The alternator's job is to channel that alternating current (AC) to the battery to get the voltage needed to power the electronics in your car. Essentially, the alternator takes mechanical energy from the engine and turns it into electrical power for your vehicle's accessories. The alternator acts as a generator. In a very cool process, the alternator creates AC power through electromagnetism that is created from the rotor and converted by the stator. The conductor inside is held stationary and the field is rotated to create the electricit ... read more

Why does my timing belt make noise?

The job of the timing belt is to keep the camshaft and crankshaft pulley in sync. This way, the valves and piston push at the correct time. So, what could cause noise in a timing belt? The timing belt is a part that is very important to replace before it is too late. Depending on the issue, the noise of your belt could vary. A squealing noise could be from a lack of tension between the belt and pulleys. Worn belt ribs and a misaligned belt can result from an improper installation that can cause an annoying chirping sound. Timing belts are known to occasionally have a ticking sound as well that can stem from low engine oil or other issues. It is important to note that here at Ferber’s Tire and Auto Service, we do not recommend belt dressings, oils and other lubricants for your timing belt to help with noise. It is best to get a replacement. Most manufacturers recommend a replacement between 60,000-100,000 miles depending on the vehicle. With it connecting so many vital parts, t ... read more

Why is my coolant low?

The coolant's (aka antifreeze) job is to control your engine's temperature and prevent the radiator from freezing. Cars can run extremely hot, so coolant keeps your engine running at a safe temperature to prevent major damage. So, what are some signs your car may be losing coolant? The first and most simple step is to check for a visual leak below your vehicle. You may see a bright green, pink, orange, or blue fluid below your car with a sweetish smell. If the leak is bad enough, you might notice while driving. There can be many reasons your car may overheat, but an overheating vehicle with a leak that fits the description above can narrow down the issue. Checking hose connections and parts for leaks can help as well; just be cautious under the hood. If you're ever in doubt, keep an eye on your temperature gauge that can alert you of overheating. There's even a coolant warning light that will appear on your dash in some cases. It's important to note that just beca ... read more

Why are my brakes squeaking?

Why are my brakes squeaking?

Few things can be more annoying than a high-pitched squeal coming from your brakes. Noise from your brakes can mean a variety of things. The root cause of the sound may not always be a bad thing. That being said if you have symptoms of dysfunctional brakes you should take your vehicle into a service professional immediately. After all, brake squeal comes down to vibration and many other factors. Many brakes may squeak after sitting overnight. Moisture from rain can collect on the surface of the rotors, causing rust which can result in brake noise. Different sounds may indicate different issues with your brakes. The textbook squeaking noise you hear from your brakes could be you break wear indicator hitting your rotor. Car manufacturers attach these indicators to inform you it’s time to get new brake pads. A grinding noise coming from your brakes usually signifies extremely worn brake pads. Without immediate replacement, you could risk damaging your rotor. Keep in mind that bra ... read more

What's a Hub Assembly?

What's a Hub Assembly?

The hub assembly is vital to the success of your car and tires. While driving be aware of the hazards that can damage your wheel hub assembly. Things like hitting potholes or striking a curb. The most common sign that your hub assembly is worn is a roaring sound coming from your tires. Additional signs include steering wheel vibration, clicking sounds from the wheels, or having a lot of tire and wheel play when your vehicle is in the air. If you hear or see any of these symptoms, please bring your car in for repairs immediately. Below is an attached video of our tech, Robbie explaining how a hub assembly works