Atkinson Auto Body
& Mechanical Repair Services

Alternator Repairs

Altenators are an important part for any running automobile to date. They use a method called induction to turn the mechanical energy from the crankshaft of your vehicle, to electricity to keep your car running. Alternators do not have many parts but it is vital that these few parts stay in tact because you can easily loose power if your alternator is not working properly. A few ways to tell if you need to replace your alternator:

  1. Warning lights on the dashboard
  2. –Main sign that something is not right with the vehicle and you should see a technician

  3. Dimming lights or weak headlights
  4. ‐This is the most obvious sign that either your cars electrical system is not receiving enough power. Dim lights mean that there is a low electricity current flowing through the car and your power sources should be checked.

  5. Sound or smell
  6. ‐ Many people have noticed a burning smell and whining noise when they begin to have electrical problems if you notice any of these symptoms look into getting your vehicle serviced or checked by a trusted mechanic

  7. Dead battey
  8. –Instead of providing direct power to your car, your battery just provides the inital power and lets the alternator work its magic after the car has been started. To check if the alternator is causing your car not to start, first attempt to jump your car with jumper cables. After the car starts remove the cables to see if the car will start or not. if it dies immediately this means your alternator may not be holding power after the car starts which is a major issue

  9. Loose cables or connections
  10. –A common overlooked problem is having loose or disconnected cables on the car. Any loose cables should be reconnected before you attempt to test the power to your vehicle. If a problem persist, see your nearest auto mechanic for service.


Starter repairs

A starter is a small electric motor that turns over or "cranks" the engine to start when you begin to turn the ignition key. If you are attempting to start the car and you hear the crank but it doesn't turn over, It most likely is not the starter that is causing your problems, you can consult this flowchart for a detailed view of what happens. Diagnostic flowchart. Starters handle a large amount of direct current coming from the battery to get the process going so its a good idea to make sure your battery is outputting the correct voltage required to provide the starter. Any Starter repairs should be handled by a trained technician or professional, and here at Bunting's Auto Body LLC we have both to service your cars needs. Schedule an appointment or give us a phone call here (603) 362-5657 to discuss any automobile issues you may be having, we are here to help you.

Battery

Your car battery should always be sufficiently charged in order to start the car, the starter gets a lot of voltage from the battery so it is imperative this part is kept in working condition. A battery does not itself need a professional to replace. The battery terminal cables are held fast around the battery terminals by nuts and bolts, means you'll need a crescent wrench, an adjustable wrench, vise pliers or a socket wrench. Select a 10mm (0.4 in) wrench or socket, as most car battery cables have this size nut attached. Grab another pair of adjustable pliers to hold the bolt head in place as well. Make sure the positive connection and the negative connection terminals are correct and you can easliy replace the battery.

Water Pump

Water pumps are vital to keeping the engine heat away from the system by pushing coolant from the engine block, through the radiator and hoses out away from the temperature sensitive components of the vehicle. The water pump either drives from the crankshaft pulley or the crankshaft itself in order to complete its cycle and circulate coolant. So Schedule an appointment or give us a call at (603) 362-5657 if you have any questions about water pump repairs, or getting your water pump repaired at Bunting's Auto Body LLC.