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A starter is an electrical motor that is connected to the battery. The job of a starter is to set the engine (pistons, crankshaft, etc.) in motion when you turn the ignition switch on. When the starter fails, the engine’s components will not be put in motion, and the engine won’t work. As a result, the car won’t turn on. If your starter is malfunctioning, you’ll likely hear a clicking noise as the ignition system does its job, but since the engine’s pieces are stationary, the engine will never catch, and your vehicle won’t turn on. Slow cranking engines and dim headlights can sometimes point to a problem with your vehicle’s starting and charging system.
Park Auto Plaza is an ASE Certified repair shop for automobiles, light trucks & Hybrid vehicles located in Pinellas Park, FL. We specialize in foreign and domestic vehicle repairs of all types.
Our approach to automotive repair at our shop is simple. It is our belief that if a vehicle is well-maintained (i.e. oil changed every 3,000 miles, transmission service, radiator flush and other recommended manufacturer service performed at regular intervals) your vehicle will be safe on the road AND save you money on repairs.
Yup. A professional certified mechanic is required to undergo continual training in the latest systems and proficient use of state-of-the-art equipment in order to test the electronics that control most cars’ functions and to enable diagnosis and prognoses of complex problems. Equipment includes: electronic scopes to monitor sensor signals, scanners to communicate with the computers, etc.
As well, a certified mechanic has access to tech-info services to reference wiring diagrams, manufacturer’s technical service bulletins and other data. Without these resources, a garage mechanic might easily misdiagnose your vehicle’s problem at your expense.
Synthetic engine oils are produced through a synthesis process that takes very small molecules and assembles them into larger designer molecules with premium lubricating properties.
Belts & Hoses – 30,000 miles
Timing Belts – 80,000 miles
Brakes – 35-40,000 miles
Tune-ups – 50,000 miles
Trans service (fluid change) – 40,000 miles
Motor oil & filter – 3 to 6,000 miles
All of the above are approximate depending on how hard you drive your vehicle is best to follow owners book recommendations if possible.
The check engine (or service engine) light illuminates to alert you that the computer has detected a malfunction in a fuel, ignition, or emission control circuit. You should have this problem diagnosed as soon as possible: if the light starts flashing, your car’s computer has detected an engine miss that could lead to catalytic converter damage if you continue using the vehicle.