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Signs Your Alternator May Be Going Out

Alternator failure is often confused with battery failure because they can both result in your car stalling or not starting on the road. However, even if your battery is bad, your alternator can keep it running for a while. It’s important to know the difference between the two if one of them should stop working. Our team at Tim Short Mazda is eager to offer some automotive advice, so pay us a visit.

Here are some signs that your alternator might be going bad.
 
• Your dashboard lights or headlights start to dim.
• A warning light comes on indicating there…
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Should You Replace Your Tires Now?

Cleaning your tires and making sure they have the proper air pressure is a good idea. So is requesting a tire inspection when bringing a car to a mechanic for routine maintenance. Still, problems can happen at any time without warning. For example, if the wheels are knocked out of alignment, the tires could wear down. Other severe problems due to age and use can happen to the tires. So, a driver should be aware of red flags indicating its time to replace the tires.

Low treads become unavoidable with use. 

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What Brake Pads Do And How To Choose The Best Ones For Your Vehicle

Most Chattanooga drivers recognize the tell-tale sound of worn brake pads. Although brake pads are relatively inexpensive, letting them become too worn or replacing them with the wrong options can result in serious consequences. At Tim Short Mazda, we want you to know all that you can about your car's braking system, and about the different components that this system is comprised of.

What Brake Pads Are Designed To Do

In vehicles that have disc brakes, brake pads minimize the amount of wear that metal components sustain by acting as buffers 

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Should I Have My Battery Serviced or Replaced?

Diagnosing the problem behind a misbehaving battery is a good idea because the cause of your problem may not even be the battery itself. If there's corrosion on the battery's posts, that will inhibit its proper functioning. A faulty alternator or starter could also be the reason your engine isn't turning over, not the battery.

Once you've ruled out other factors, a problematic battery can sometimes still be saved. If it's the kind of battery you can open and it just needs topping up, filling it to the appropriate level with distilled water might fix…

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Why Does My Car Grind When it Starts?

If your car is grinding or you hear a whining noise when you put the key in the ignition, it might be time to have your starter replaced. Even if the car still starts after several tries, these symptoms are a sign of future failure. Having your starter fixed by a professional in Chattanooga, TN is inexpensive unless you ignore the problems.

When your engine is making a grinding sound, it means the gear is worn out and is not engaging. If this continues, you could damage the engine flywheel, and this could be costly. The grinding noise will not…

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How do Your Car's Brake Pads Work?

When people press their brake pedal, they don't put much thought into the mechanisms that actually bring their car to a stop. Understanding this process is extremely important for car owners. Here is how car brakes actually work.

The braking system of a car is more complex than just pushing on a pedal and the car stopping. The braking system consists of a lot of components that trigger the car to stop, and one of those components are the brake pads.  

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Understanding Your Vehicle's Suspension System

Tim Short Mazda has been in the auto industry for some time. In that time, we have earned the community's trust, which we did by making sure our customers knew everything about their vehicles, such as the suspension system.

Your car's suspension system is made up of a number of components, such as shocks, springs, and tires, just to name a few. Your vehicle uses these parts to absorb the shocks as you drive around town. The system is in the vehicle to give you control and help reduce the rumble you would feel if this system was…

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Don't Let Extreme Temperatures Drain Your Battery

Tim Short Mazda answers a lot of questions about batteries. We don't mind. We want drivers to make informed decisions regarding their vehicles. One of the biggest concerns drivers have is the effectiveness of their battery in extreme temperatures.

It's no secret that batteries are forced to work overtime in the winter. Motor oil thickens in cold temperatures making the motor work harder to turn over. An overworked motor draws more amperage from the battery. A relatively new battery can handle the extra demand, but an older battery is more likely to fail. 

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Expert Care Of Your Headlights


The headlights of your vehicle are definitely one of those things that you don’t notice until something goes wrong with them. While it may be tempting to just let it go, driving your car with less-than-functional headlights can cause you to get a ticket or worse, get into an accident. This is why you need expert care of your headlights, and here are some of the things an automotive technician will look for regarding your vehicle lights:

Changing Your Bulbs

A good automotive technician will be able to tell the difference between whether your vehicle can undergo a simple…
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Exhaust Leak Warning Signs

Your car's exhaust system plays a critical function. This system channels the harmful exhaust fumes away from the cab and out into the air. At times, the exhaust system can leak, and this can lead to an unhealthy situation.

There are certain warning signs that you will want to look for that indicate that the exhaust system might be leaking. If you hear hissing and popping noises from the exhaust, that is a sign of an exhaust leak. 

 

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