The clutch is a fundamental part of your vehicle, without it you likely won't get very far. The clutch is responsible for the shaft which turns the wheels. For the car to come to a stop or change speed the car without turning the engine off the connection between the engine and wheels need to be temporarily broken. There is a clutch in both a manual transmission vehicle and in automatic vehicles.
The starter motor is an electric motor which works by turning over the engine to start it. The starter motor is connected to the transmission and is required in order to... you guessed it, start the car. Some common problems which can occur are corroded electrical connections, blown fuses, electrical circuit shorting, oil has leaked into the starter motor and dirty connections. Keeping on top of your vital mechanical equipment by having regular servicing and maintenance checks is key to avoid expensive replacements.
The alternator works alongside your car battery to generate electricity and power your cars electrics, such as your headlights or car stereo. Signs of a faulty alternator can be detected when your alternator light is illuminated on your car dashboard, this indicates that the alternator is not charging the car battery and will require inspection and diagnosis by a professional mechanic. Other alternator faults can be tears in the belt due to erosion and overuse,, the alternator could be providing too much charge to the battery which can be dangerous and should be inspected and rectified immediately, or there could be a complete disconnect between the alternator and the battery. In all circumstances these problems can be serious and will likely prevent your vehicle from operating at all.
Suspension and steering
There are some common things to look for to gauge whether you might have a suspension issue with your car. You more than anyone know your car the best. Dipping or diving, drifting or pulling to one side, bouncing when stopping and a very rough ride can all be signs of damaged suspension. When your suspension isn't working properly it is said that it can increase your stopping time by up to 20% which can be extremely dangerous when you are in an emergency braking situation. Taking notice of your wheel when you drive is also important, excessive shaking or vibrating, grinding screeching or looseness of the wheel can indicate a number of issues which can be due to suspension problems or wheel alignment.
You turn the key in your car and absolutely nothing happens, no lights, no radio, and certainly no movement. Chances are your battery could be flat. A flat battery can be caused by an expired or old battery. Without a working battery your car will cease to operate, and without any movement it can be pretty tricky to get your car to an automotive garage for repairs. Luckily we are equipped and ready to service your vehicle in these emergency situations. We carry a number of different batteries with us, however if we don't have a compatible battery for your vehicle we will source one for you.