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Diagnosing and Repairing Alternators in Automobiles

Diagnosing and Repairing Alternators in Automobiles


Many people stumble upon issues with their automobile. When you have an automobile, it is very important that you learn as much as you possibly can about it. Many people simply rely on the fact that they know the make and model, what color the vehicle is, and how to drive it. However, if you have an automobile, it is extremely important to know a lot more than the basics. One of the many issues that may arise with your automobile is an alternator that goes bad. Dealing with a faulty alternator can be extremely frustrating, and challenging. However, this is one of the easiest parts to work with when it comes to automobile maintenance. In this article, we will take a closer look at diagnosing and repairing alternators in automobiles.

If you are looking to understand how one may go about diagnosing and repairing alternators in automobiles, it is first important to understand what an alternator is. Basically, an alternator is a way that an automobile powers various electrical components. An alternator takes the power from the battery and converts it into a compatible form of electricity in order to ensure that your automobile functions properly. If it were not for an alternator in your automobile, you would not be able to power on the lights, the radio, and many other electrical components. Additionally, an automobile will be unable to start if an alternator is faulty.

Now that you understand the basics of an alternator in an automobile, we can discuss how one can diagnose and repair alternator in an automobile. The first step is to ensure that the alternator is the issue at hand. The first thing that you should do is to review your electrical system carefully. You should check for loose wires, connections, and any type of corrosion. Once you have completed the visual inspection, you may consider moving the wires around a little while the vehicle is running. If you do this, and something cuts out, you may be facing an issue with wiring.

The next thing that you can look for when you are diagnosing and repairing an alternator in a vehicle is to inspect the belt that latches on to the alternator. Over time, alternator belts can wear out and possibly even break. If this is the case, the alternator in the automobile will not function properly. The next step you can take when diagnosing and repairing an alternator in an automobile is to test and visually inspect your battery. It is important that all of the cables are secure and have no visible signs of corrosion. If the battery is not maintenance free, you should also make sure that there is plenty of water in the battery. If everything appears to be fine in the visible inspection of the battery, you should try to charge the battery. If the battery charges, but dies as soon as you take the jumper cables off, chances are that you …

Great Cell Phones for Seniors

Great Cell Phones for Seniors


As adults, senior citizens depend on us everyday to be there for them whenever they need something. But you still want to stay in touch with them, and make sure your senior citizen stays safe, and if an emergency happens, that they can easily call for help. The perfect gadget for a senior is a cell phone.

However, if you mention something to your senior about getting a cell phone, they will most likely refuse, saying that a cell phone is so complicated, they won’t know how to use it. And to tell you the truth, most cell phones on the market today are not senior-friendly.

But not all cell phones on today’s market are complicated. Some creative minds have designed cell phones aimed at senior citizens which feature things like large buttons, hearing aid compatibility, large text and a button for easily dialing 911.

Below are some phones designed for seniors.

1. UTStarcom Coupe (Verizon Wireless, $39.99 with 2 year contract) 
The UTStarcom Coupe is Verizon’s “senior phone” which features a 911 button, three buttons that can help connect you or first responders to three different ICE (In Case of Emergency) contacts that you specify, large buttons and a large text menu that is easily navigable.

2. Samsung Jitterbug ($147, Jitterbug.com, with plans that start at $10 a month) 
No, I’m not kidding. This phone really costs $147! But some say the price tag is really worth it. This phone is designed for seniors, and seniors only. It features a loud speaker with cushion, a Yes/No interface, instant access to an operator who can help you out with your phone, and a phone book. Plans for this phone start as low as $10 a month for a 911 only plan, and as high as $80 a month for an 800 minute plans. There are also plans in between the two at reasonable prices. Note, however, when you call a Jitterbug operator for help with your phone, 5 minutes of your monthly airtime are deducted. And if your senior needs a lot of help with his or her phone, and you have a plan that doesn’t include that many minutes, your senior’s airtime may be drained just by calling a Jitterbug operator for help. People also complain about the phone itself being too bulky, and the phone plans being too expensive.

3. Motorola F3 (TigerDirect.com, Unlocked, $34.99) 
The Motorola F3, originally designed for people in developing countries, is a phone that is very easy to use. Its greatest function is making and receiving calls. It also has a basic phone book, selectable ring tones, basic tools, and that’s it. The interface is so simple, a senior could probably learn how to use the phone all by themselves. Plus, this phone is unlocked, meaning that you can use it with any GSM carrier, which includes AT&T;, Alltel, T-Mobile, Consumer Cellular and more (see list of all GSM carriers at http://www.gsmworld.com/roaming/gsminfo/cou_us.shtml).

4. Nokia 1100 (http://www.crayeon3.com/c3/pc-1012-150-.aspx, Unlocked, $45.70) …