Car & Truck Battery
Automobile Electrical System
We can help you choose the
right battery for your vehicle and lifestyle. Our staff can safely and
professionally install your battery and get you back on the road.
Your car's electrical system
powers everything from the ignition and fuel systems to accessories such
as your radio, headlights and wipers. The electrical system is, in turn,
powered by the engine. Here are the three key components of the electrical
When your car's engine is
off, the battery provides the required power to the rest of the system,
as well as during start-up (cranking). It also supplements the power
from the charging system during periods of high demand.
This is the heart of the
electrical system. It consists of three main components: the belt-driven
alternator, various electrical circuits, and a voltage regulator. The
alternator supplies power to the electrical system and recharges the
battery after your car has started. Just like it sounds, the voltage
regulator controls the voltage, keeping it within the operating range of
the electrical system.
This system consumes more
electrical power than any other component in your car. The starting system
consists of three components which work in tandem: the ignition switch,
the starter relay or solenoid, and the starter motor. The ignition
switch controls the starter solenoid, which activates the starter motor.
The starter motor then turns the engine until your car starts.
Your vehicle's battery primarily
helps to start the engine. However, it also stores energy generated by
the alternator, and runs the secondary electrical systems or additional
components in your vehicle.
A couple of preventative
maintenance measures you can take to help prolong the life of your car
or light truck battery are as follows:
corrosion from the battery and battery terminals.
Check the alternator belt tension and wear.
Tips if Your Check Engine Light Comes On
your dashboard gauges and lights for indications of low oil pressure
or overheating. These conditions mean you should pull over and shut
off the engine as soon as you can find a safe place to do so. On
most cars, a yellow "check engine" means investigate the problem
giving you time to schedule an appointment to have your vehicle
Try tightening your gas cap. This
often solves the problem. Keep in mind that it may take several
trips before the light resets.
Reduce speed and load. If the "check
engine" light is blinking or you notice any serious performance
problems, such as a loss of power, reduce your speed and try to
reduce the load on the engine.
In most cases, you’re probably
better off taking the vehicle to a professional instead of trying
to diagnose the problem yourself. Make an appointment with a
service center to have the code read and the problem fixed.
Don't go for a state emissions test.
In a late model car, an illuminated "check engine" light probably
is a sure sign your car will fail the test. By the way, don't
bother trying to fool the inspection station by disconnecting the
battery or using any other method to erase the trouble code and
turn off the "check engine" light. Your vehicle's computer will
let the inspection station know that its codes have been erased,
and you'll just have to go back again.
Integrity Auto Repair is a full-service
preventive maintenance and auto repair center in the Eugene, Oregon
area, specializing in:
Air Conditioning Service,
Belts & Hoses,
trouble-shooting and repairs,
Fuel Injection Service,
Oil Change &
Shocks, Struts and Suspension Service,
General Car Care Services
535 River Rd ●
Eugene, OR 97404
Ph. (541) 343-1545
Auto Repair Service for the Eugene
Oregon zip codes of: ◦ 97401 ◦ 97402 ◦ 97403 ◦ 97404 ◦ 97405 ◦ 97408