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Vehicle Alternators 101

People often blame their battery when the electrical system in their vehicle fails. At our Portland, OR Jim Fisher Volvo Cars Portland service department, they receive a shock when told their battery is fine, but the alternator needs repair or replacement. Here's how to tell.

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Tips For Driving in the Rain

Even though a summer rain shower can provide welcome relief from the heat, everyone knows that driving in the rain comes with its own set of hazards. We at Jim Fisher Volvo Cars Portland want you to stay safe regardless of the driving conditions. Here are some tips we hope you keep in mind any time you get behind the wheel.

Rain clouds block out the sun and that can create a visibility problem for drivers. Turning on your headlights will not only illuminate your pathway, but it will allow other drivers to see you better. At the same time…

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Stay Safe Out There During Winter

According to the professionals at Jim Fisher Volvo Cars Portland one of the best things you can do, whether driving on dry or icy roads, is to avoid distractions so you can concentrate on what you’re doing. Leave the gadgets at home or place them in the back seat before getting behind the wheel. Even eating while driving is a distraction that could have you ending up in the ditch or worse.

Another thing we’d like you to know is that even if you have an AWD vehicle, you shouldn’t rely on that to keep you safe…

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Getting Started When Charging a Battery

There could be a time when you need to have someone charge your battery. You could also be asked to charge someone else's battery. You want to have the proper equipment available so that the job can be completed in a short time. These items include battery cables that are in good condition and a battery that has enough charge for both vehicles.

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Keep Your Headlights Shining

Maintaining your headlights can be done in a few simple steps. Keep your headlights as clean as possible so that you can clearly see the road when you're driving in Portland. You also want to monitor the surface for cracks or other damage that might need to be repaired by Jim Fisher Volvo Cars Portland.

If you notice any discoloration, you should look to see if there is a leak that has allowed water to get inside the structure. Water can cause the electrical components to short out and can cause the headlights to have a foggy appearance, making…

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Belts And Hoses Keep The Engine In Sync

Inspect And Maintain Belts And Hoses 

As a motorist, you should have the basic knowledge required to inspect hoses and belts in your car. Use a flashlight for visual inspections of belts and hoses to help see all the details.

Belts

Your vehicle has a drive belt that powers components like the alternator, power steering pump, air conditioner and water pump.

Some vehicles have a timing belt that connects the driveshaft with the camshaft, but higher-end engines use a timing chain that doesn't require regular service.

Hoses

Hoses carry air and liquids through the engine.

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Read This to Learn More About Gaskets

While you might not ever work on your car, it is nonetheless helpful to know about some of the various components that go into its construction. Gaskets are parts that do not get much attention, but that should not negate their importance. Your car needs gaskets in order to function properly.

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