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What is an Electrical Charging System Checks service?

Lube Stop’s Electrical Charging System Checks service is the inspection of your vehicle’s electrical charging system.  Your vehicle’s charging system consists of the battery, the alternator, and the voltage regulator.  If you are having problems with any of these three components, you may get a charging system warning light notification.  In the warning light is on, then one of these three components is failing.

When we inspect your electrical charging system, we will help you narrow down the possibilities of what the problem is.  A Lube Stop technician will inspect all components of your charging system and provide a recommendation on how to fix it.   It could be the battery, it could be the alternator or it could be an issue with the voltage regulator.  We’ll test both the DC (negative post) and AC (positive post) to narrow this down.

The AC relates to the alternator’s charging up of the battery, while the DC relates to the batteries draw of the current to power systems in the vehicle.  Often we can tell if it’s the alternator by disconnecting the AC positive post.  If the car stops running when we do this, then it’s likely the alternator with issues.  Be sure to let us know if you’ve observed other symptoms such as dim headlights, difficulty starting or backfiring.

What is an Electrical Charging System for?

The battery in your vehicle has many purposes.  It plays a crucial part in starting your engine and powering your vehicle’s electrical system.  With a dead battery, your car will not even be able to start.  Some other electrical components that are powered by your vehicle include power windows, power steering, headlights, exterior lights, windshield wipers, defroster, and more.  With a low or dead battery, your vehicle loses a lot of its functionality.

The alternator’s job is to generate energy to feed the electrical system and bring the charge back into the battery.  The alternator’s output is direct current (DC). When the alternator pulley is rotated, alternating current (AC) passes through a magnetic field and an electrical current is generated.

Finally, a voltage regulator’s job is to generate a fixed output voltage of a preset magnitude that is constant no matter the input voltage or load conditions.

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Let’s Talk Safety

Lube Stop is 100% committed to ensuring your vehicle’s engine and the components it powers are all operating as they should.  We are also 100% committed to ensuring that your safety is taken care of, too.  This means checking that all the parts of your vehicle that keep you safe, are working as well.  These include the following list of items.

  • A/C and Heating System
  • Air Bags
  • Batteries
  • Electrical Charging System
  • Exhaust System
  • Ignition & Timing System
  • Spare Tires
  • Taillights
  • Headlights
  • Turn Signals
  • Vehicle Horn
  • Windshield
  • Windshield Wipers
  • Any Leaks, Squeaks, Rattles or Odours

These safety checks are included in Lube Stop’s Precision Based Recommendations process.  Specifically, they are included in their 37+ Point Inspections that are performed each time you drive into one of our shops.  There are 15 or more safety checks performed during this standard practice.  When an issue is detected, Lube Stop technicians bring those matters to your attention and make suggestions as to how to address them.  It is important to have a fully functioning car, truck, or SUV, but it’s also important to have a safe drive for you and your family.  So, when you come to Lube Stop, rest assured that we will be checking for both your vehicle’s health and your own personal safety while driving.

Why Do I Need an Electrical Charging System Checks service?

The Electrical Charging System Checks service is the inspection of your vehicle’s electrical charging system.

We do these checks so that our customers can avoid problems with electricity inside the cabin of their car, truck, or SUV.  The battery checks and replacement is an important safety maintenance item responsible for ensuring the engine can start and your vehicle can continue to provide power to your vehicle’s electrical components.

So, it is fair to conclude that a charging system warning light is NOT something you want to ignore.

That’s why we check your charging system every visit.  We need to make sure that it is functioning properly.  We understand that it costs a little in the short run to get these safety items checked.  But it can be a life saver in the long run.

How Often Do I Need It?

The charging system should be checked each time you have service with Lube Stop.  And, of course, we should check it anytime you have observed issues.  Your owner’s manual will also advise you to do it at various intervals.  Please check your manual.

Also, lean on us at Lube Stop for advice.  We use a system of processes called Precision Based Recommendations to help investigate a vehicle’s overall condition.  This system of inspection and trouble shooting helps us get a clearer picture of your car, truck, or SUV as it stands, today.  That is because it removes the guess work.  Learn more about this system below.

Can Lube Stop do the Trouble Shooting?

Lube Stop employs the best technicians and mechanics in this service area.  These technicians are more than qualified to help inspect the issues and make recommendations to problem solve.

Which Towns and Cities are in our Fast Lube Service area?

Our lube shop & tire service area includes the following towns and cities listed below.

  • Blackfalds, Alberta
  • Clive, Alberta
  • Bentley, Alberta
  • Red Deer, Alberta
  • Ponoka, Alberta
  • Millet, Alberta
  • Rimbey, Alberta
  • Alix, Alberta
  • Penhold, Alberta
  • Benalto, Alberta
  • Hobbema, Alberta
  • Delburne, AB
  • Bluffton, Alberta
  • Innisfail, Alberta
  • Lousana, Alberta
  • Bashaw, Alberta
  • Leslieville, Alberta
  • Wetaskiwin, Alberta
  • Stettler, Alberta

Context for these Services

Your vehicle uses an internal combustion engine.  This engine uses the combustion of fuel to power almost everything.  This is done when fuel alongside an air oxidizer and spark plugs creates a working fluid flow circuit inside a combustion chamber.

In your internal combustion engine, the expansion of the high-temperature and high-pressure gases produced by combustion applies direct force to some component of the engine.  The force is applied typically to pistons, turbine blades, rotors and nozzles.  This force moves the component over a distance, transforming chemical energy into useful work.

Typically, your combustion engine is fed with fossil fuels like natural gas or petroleum products such as gasoline, diesel fuel or fuel oil.  Your engine is the hub for many things, including those listed below.

  • combustion chamber
  • cylinder head
  • camshaft
  • set of spark plugs
  • valvetrain
  • valves
  • rocker arms
  • pushrods
  • lifters
  • fuel injectors
  • pistons
  • connecting rods
  • engine block
  • crankcase
  • crankshaft
  • timing system
  • timing chain

All these work in unison to power all the other systems within your vehicle.  Without a fully functioning engine, everything else suffers.  So, let us at Lube Stop keep your engine functioning and everything else that relies on it.

Maintaining your Vehicle

To do this, you must TAKE CARE of your vehicle.  That means changing the oil regularly.  It also means changing your filters regularly.  And, it means changing your fluids, lubricants, coolants and greases.  These maintenance parts don’t remain the same.  They get dirty, dusty, polluted, corroded and worn as you drive your vehicle from day to day.  So, if you want to extend the life of your car, truck or SUV, then you must maintain it and take care of it.

So, drop by our lube shops and get your oil changed, your filters changed, your fluids checked or flushed, your belts replaced … and so on.  We’re standing by!

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