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Car Starting

The vehicle starting system powers engine egnition, maintains the battery's charge and provides electricity to vehicle accessories (e.g., the radio). Otherwise known as the starting and charging system, car starting is accountable for supplying power throughout your vehicle. A flawed car starting system and dead car battery could render any vehicle useless. Get to know your starting and charging system:


  • Car Battery

    Function - provides the energy needed to start the engine, provides the current to operate the accessories when the vehicle is not running and protects the Powertrain Controle Module from high-voltage surges.

    Signs of Wear - trouble starting car, car radio wont turn on, dim car lights


  • Spark Plug

    Function - uses a high-voltage spark from the ignition coil to ignite the air/fuel mixture inside the engine's cylinders.

    Signs of Wear - car hard to start, bad gas mileage, poor engine performance.

  • Ignition Coil

    Function - increases electrical system voltage to help ignite the air/fuel mixture.

    Signs of Wear - engine wont start, poor starting qualities, engine misfire, cracks in coil body.

  • Alternator

    Function - provides power to the vehicle's electrical systems and charges the battery while the engine is running.

    Signs of Wear - engine wont turn over, loss of battery power, loss of electrical power, alternator light is on.

  • Spark Plug Wire Set

    Function - carries voltage from the ignition coil and the distributor to the spark plugs.

    Signs of Wear - hard to start engine, engine misfiring, visible cracks in wire covering, bad gas mileage.

  • Starter Motor and Slenoid

    Function - the starter motor cranks the engine when engaged with the flywheel. The solenoid uses electromagnetic force to power the starter motor and flywheel.

    Signs of Wear - sporadic engine cranking, poor starting qualities.

  • Distributor Cap

    Function - serves as a connecting hub for the spark plug wires and ignition coil wires.

    Signs of Wear - engine wont start, poor starting qualities, visible cracks, engine misfire, bad gas mileage.

  • Ignition Module and Coil

    Function - increases voltage in order for the spark plugs to ignite the air/fuel mixture.

    Signs of Wear - engine misfire, engine wont start, poor starting characteristics.

Check your vehicle lights often, headlights, turn signals, brake lights, emergency flashers, etc., to ensure that your car Starting & Charging system is working properly. Starting & Charging system failures can be avoided, or diminished, with frequent maintenance. Bring your vehicle into Wheatland Automotive for a free check-up today.


Service and Maintenance

Did you know most vehicle breakdowns are due to car battery system malfunctions? Avoid car battery problems:

Periodically, check all vehicle lights.
Inspect battery cables and posts for good connections and/or signs of corrosion. Clean them if needed.
Check battery fluid often and fill if low.
Replace a weak car battery before it dies for good.

For best results, bring your vehicle into Wheatland Automotive for a thorough inspection by a qualified technician.


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Services > Car Starting

Car Starting

The vehicle starting system powers engine egnition, maintains the battery's charge and provides electricity to vehicle accessories (e.g., the radio). Otherwise known as the starting and charging system, car starting is accountable for supplying power throughout your vehicle. A flawed car starting system and dead car battery could render any vehicle useless. Get to know your starting and charging system:


  • Car Battery

    Function - provides the energy needed to start the engine, provides the current to operate the accessories when the vehicle is not running and protects the Powertrain Controle Module from high-voltage surges.

    Signs of Wear - trouble starting car, car radio wont turn on, dim car lights


  • Spark Plug

    Function - uses a high-voltage spark from the ignition coil to ignite the air/fuel mixture inside the engine's cylinders.

    Signs of Wear - car hard to start, bad gas mileage, poor engine performance.

  • Ignition Coil

    Function - increases electrical system voltage to help ignite the air/fuel mixture.

    Signs of Wear - engine wont start, poor starting qualities, engine misfire, cracks in coil body.

  • Alternator

    Function - provides power to the vehicle's electrical systems and charges the battery while the engine is running.

    Signs of Wear - engine wont turn over, loss of battery power, loss of electrical power, alternator light is on.

  • Spark Plug Wire Set

    Function - carries voltage from the ignition coil and the distributor to the spark plugs.

    Signs of Wear - hard to start engine, engine misfiring, visible cracks in wire covering, bad gas mileage.

  • Starter Motor and Slenoid

    Function - the starter motor cranks the engine when engaged with the flywheel. The solenoid uses electromagnetic force to power the starter motor and flywheel.

    Signs of Wear - sporadic engine cranking, poor starting qualities.

  • Distributor Cap

    Function - serves as a connecting hub for the spark plug wires and ignition coil wires.

    Signs of Wear - engine wont start, poor starting qualities, visible cracks, engine misfire, bad gas mileage.

  • Ignition Module and Coil

    Function - increases voltage in order for the spark plugs to ignite the air/fuel mixture.

    Signs of Wear - engine misfire, engine wont start, poor starting characteristics.

Check your vehicle lights often, headlights, turn signals, brake lights, emergency flashers, etc., to ensure that your car Starting & Charging system is working properly. Starting & Charging system failures can be avoided, or diminished, with frequent maintenance. Bring your vehicle into Wheatland Automotive for a free check-up today.


Service and Maintenance

Did you know most vehicle breakdowns are due to car battery system malfunctions? Avoid car battery problems:

Periodically, check all vehicle lights.
Inspect battery cables and posts for good connections and/or signs of corrosion. Clean them if needed.
Check battery fluid often and fill if low.
Replace a weak car battery before it dies for good.

For best results, bring your vehicle into Wheatland Automotive for a thorough inspection by a qualified technician.





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