Your modern vehicle's engine is a highly sophisticated piece of equipment. The days of your father's gas-guzzler are long gone. Instead, Federal Exhaust Emission and Fuel Economy regulations demand that today's vehicles be equipped with electronic engine control systems, to curb carbon emissions and increase fuel efficiency.
With technically-advanced control systems taking the place of simple engine components, common maintenance services such as tune-ups are also a thing of the past. Regular services (such as spark plug and filter replacements) are still required, as well as a computerized analysis of your vehicle's control computer. Our factory-trained technicians are here to provide these basic services.
Here's how your modern vehicle's control computer operates:
A network of sensors and switches convert and monitor engine operating conditions into electrical signals. The computer receives this information, and, based on information and instructions coded within this savvy computer program, commands are sent to three different systems: ignition, fuel, and emission control. Whenever a problem arises (as seen by that nagging "check engine" light), our service pros check whatever command is prompted, in addition to the status of your engine control computer and sensors. That way you'll know if your vehicle's performance is caused by a real problem, or just a sensor and computer issue.
An Overview of Your Vehicle's Sensory Components
Mass airflow sensor
Throttle position sensor
Manifold absolute pressure sensor
Coolant temperature sensor
Exhaust oxygen sensor
Crankshaft position sensor
Camshaft position sensor
State Inspection Services and Emission Repair Services
As a full-service repair facility, we have always participated in the New Jersey State Inspection and Emission Repair program. Performing state inspections and emission repairs has enabled us to meet our customer’s needs.
Although a state inspection at a facility such ourselves has a cost, keep in mind some of the added benefits is allowing us to perform your state inspection. We will not only conduct an accurate inspection, but also evaluate your vehicle’s overall safety and performance. Tired of long lines at the inspection station or a confusing “failure” result at the end of the test? Allow our professional team to handle it for you and walk away with a better understanding of what your vehicle inspection actually means.
As a fully licensed emission repair facility, we are authorized to repair or maintain any emission-related component. Are your emissions too high or are dangerous odorless fumes possibly getting into your cabin? Is that dreaded check engine light on? Feel confident that we can address these needs and get your vehicle safely and promptly back on the road.
Let's face it: you can have the most meticulously-maintained vehicle on the road, but it won't start without the right battery, properly installed, and appropriately fitted for your driving needs.
From ignition to door locks, your car battery is the catalyzing force that allows you to get from point A to point B. The following is a brief overview of the electrical system that makes transportation possible:
Battery Composed of a series of lead plates submerged in a 35% sulfuric acid/65% water solution, your 12-volt battery houses a chemical reaction that releases electrons through conductors, producing electricity which is then channeled into your vehicle's electrical system. When your car's engine is off, the battery supplies electricity to all of the electrical system components, including the essential power required to start your vehicle. In periods of high demand, the battery also supplements power from the charging system.
Charging System The charging system is the life force of your vehicle's electrical system, consisting of three main mechanisms: the alternator, various circuits, and the voltage regulator. The alternator has two roles. It: a) provides power to the electrical system, and b) recharges the battery after the car has started. The various circuits act as conduits for electrical power, and the voltage regulator controls the voltage passed through these circuits. Remember, all of these components require consistent attention and maintenance. It's not just your battery that needs to be replaced every so often; if one of these components should fail, that pulsating power source is now reduced to a lifeless, twenty-pound paperweight.
Starting System It may seem obvious that the starting system turns your vehicle's engine on, but did you know that this process consumes much more electrical power than anything else your car does? That's because the starting system consists of three components working one after another. Here's how it works: there's the ignition switch, the starter relay (or solenoid), and the starter motor. Turning the key causes a small amount of current to pass through the starter relay, allowing a stronger current to flow through the battery cables and into the starter motor. The starter motor cranks the engine, forcing the piston to create enough suction that draws a fuel and air mixture into the cylinder. The ignition system creates a spark that ignites the mixture, and combustion is born.
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