Monthly Archives: December 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