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This Winter, Don’t Get Your Car Stuck Before It Gets Started
Notes From The Road
By Wayne Scraba/autoMedia.com
Understanding Your Car’s Alternator -
It’s no secret all cars need electricity to run. The battery provides the power, but it’s only good for a few miles before it tires. Keeping the battery topped up is the job of the alternator. An alternator works on the same principles as an old-fashioned generator, however the mechanics differ. Rather than having a fixed magnetic field along with rotating armature coils, an alternator makes use of fixed coils within the case. The magnetic field is created in the rotating shaft in the center of the alternator.
What should you do when you’re stuck with an automatic transmission on your vintage musclecar and you really want a manual? Simple. Make the swap. The big pieces are often the pedals, linkage and transmission mounts. Using a vintage, first-generation (1967-1969) Camaro and third-generation (1968-74) Nova as examples, this article shows and tells how it’s done.
“After driving nearly 18,000 kilometers, on a 1.3-liter engine, it’s pretty clear we made the right call to use Mobil 1,” said adventure driver Scott Brady after completing the Mongol Rally. See how this exciting adventure that took them halfway around the world in a Suzuki Jimny relied on Mobil 1.
We receive many questions about zinc levels in today's motor oils from the owners of racing or high-performance vehicles. See our answer to this question in our regular feature, Ask Mobil, and a table for comparing the phosphorous levels in Mobil 1.