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What Does an Alternator do?

Basic vehicle education is just as important as what car you buy. So, our crew of experts at Audi Downtown LA wanted to give you some basics on an important part of your vehicle: the alternator.

An alternator can be thought of a cell phone charger of sorts. Without it, the battery in your car will die, just like your cell phone battery would die. Every time you turn your key in the ignition, a charge from the battery is used to start the car. If the battery is used too much without getting recharged from the alternator, it can…

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Fixing Car Paint Scratches

It can be possible to repair minor paint scratches on your own vehicle if you have the time and patience. Start by working on only a small area at a time so that you can take it to a professional if you find the process too difficult or time-consuming.

Once you have chosen the correct paint color, examine the car for signs of rust. You will want to go heavy on the primer coats for any areas that appear to be more exposed. Be sure that the primer coats are fully dry before moving on to painting with the actual…

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The Reasons Your Car's Tire Pressure Light is Illuminated

These are some of the reasons that the tire pressure indicator on your car's dash is staying lit. It could be that you ran over a screw or nail on the road and the head simply was cut off from driving with it stuck in the tire. Air's going to keep escaping even though you can't see or find the obstruction. The sooner you bring the car in to be looked at, the better.

Air could also be naturally escaping the tires at a rate of a pound a month. If the temperature drops significantly, one pound…

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What if Your Brakes are Slow to Respond?

Your brakes are your only method of stopping your vehicle when you are driving. Sure, in some vehicles you can depend on your engine to slow you down by stepping off the accelerator, and in others, you can use your emergency brake, but your foot brake is your essential system to stop your car in a typical emergency.

Your brake system is a closed system. When you press the brake pedal, you are activating a system that applies pressure to the wheel hubs to bring you to a stop. If your brake system does not respond quickly, you are in…

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How to Tell if Your Car's Fuel Pump is Failing

If the fuel pump in your vehicle is failing, you can spot certain signs when you know what to look for. These are just a few obvious signs of fuel pump trouble, compiled for you by the Audi repair team at Audi Downtown LA.

The car will start surging when you are traveling at high speeds. Similar to when you give the car gas, the vehicle will surge then fall back, and do this repeatedly while driving. If you are trying to tow another vehicle, you will feel a serious drop in power when the fuel pump is failing. 

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Radiator Fan Options

Without lots of cool air flowing over your radiator core and your motor, overheating is an inevitable result. While your motor can get plenty of air while it cruises down highways, when it is at rest, it is a different story. On warm - or even cold - days, a car sitting at rest generates a lot of engine heat, and without an effective fan at work, overheating will rear its head.

Because of this, it is important for you to select fan designs that are right for your vehicle-type, motor, and driving habits. 

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Is it Time for Transmission Service?

While your transmission doesn't need heavy maintenance every year, it's beneficial to have your transmission inspected once a year at Audi Downtown LA. Your fluid level will be checked and the filter changed. If there are any visual problems with your transmission, our technician will relay their concerns.

If you are having problems with your car, bring it in for us to check it out. Problems getting your car into gear or picking up speed could be your transmission. The earlier you address the issue, the better off your car will be. 

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Protect Motorists by Following Move Over Laws

The Move Over Law stands in all 50 states and it is helping to reduce the number of highway fatalities that occur annually. The Move Over Law only has drivers either slow down or move over when passing a stopped vehicle on the side of the road, but it make a huge difference for Los Angeles, CA commuters.

A few small actions on your part is all that it takes to help reduce the number of fatalities on our roads every year. We want to remind you here at Audi Downtown LA that there is such a law and that…

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Use Windshield Wiper Fluid, Not Water

Have your ever driven on a bright and sunny day and have struggled to see out of your windshield? Perhaps you hit the windshield wiper fluid button and became disappointed because nothing comes out of it. If you have done this, then you know how frustrating this can be. Let the Audi Downtown LA service representatives help keep you safely on the streets of Los Angeles, CA today!

Not being able to see out of your windshield due to not having any windshield wiper fluid could put you at an increased risk for an accident that could result in damage…

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A Memorable Road Trip Requires Adequate Planning

At times, you simply feel like getting behind the wheel and driving off to nowhere. The pleasure of a long trip relieves one of the pressures of life and Audi Downtown LA, as your partner in the car industry, encourages you to get that trip going. Before you embark on that trip though, we encourage you to ensure you have inspected your car for a few of the following issues:

Make sure you have a good idea of the roadside stops that you should make to ensure you get maximum leisure of roadside sceneries or enjoy cultures of different towns…

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