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Car Parts and their Functions

April 8, 2014

I have been doing a couple car part quizzes on my Facebook page, and I’m proud of my fans for getting so many correct answers! I thought that I would take this time to write about what functions these car parts play in a car.

Here is my first car part rundown:


1. Turbocharger- The function of a turbocharger is to significantly increase an engine’s horsepower without affecting its overall weight. How does it work? They are a forced induction system that compresses the air going into the engine. When the air is compressed it allows the engine to squeeze more air into the cylinder. This in turn allows more fuel to be added, which then results in a powerful explosion in each cylinder.

2. Electronic Control Unit- An ECU controls a couple of the electrical systems or subsystems in a car. What does that mean? Well the ECU can control the fuel injection system, the ignition timing, and the idle speed control system. If you thought that was enough, it also helps with the air conditioning and EGR systems. It’s also been known to control power to the fuel pump. Pretty important car part!

3. Valve Springs- A valve spring is a helical spring used to close a valve, which allows fuel/air in, or exhaust gases out.

4. Alternator- A good alternator is vital for a running car. It’s a device that converts mechanical energy to electrical energy. How is this possible? With something called a rotating crankshaft.

I hope that you were able to learn more about these car parts!


Car Culture, Dealership Events

Who doesn't love accessories?

April 19, 2010
Mike Shaw, Parts Director

Mike Shaw, Parts Director

Accessories for your car are like accessories for your clothes. You add a pair of hoops, some bangles and clutch purse and your look is all yours. Well, throw in a splash guard and some leather and your ride is all your own, too! After spending some time with McCarthy Chevy Parts Director Mike Shaw, I gotta tell ya that I am impressed. First of all, McCarthy does not sell “aftermarket” accessories. This is a genuine Chevrolet Accessory and Parts Store — it’s the real deal! Mike told me that we are the local distributor for GM accessories in the region. We house over $800,000 worth of accessories and over $350,000 in parts. That’s a million dollars worth of parts and accessories! Pretty impressive! So, what are some of the most popular accessories and parts purchased from our McCarthy Chevy store?
  1. Running Boards: For our truck lovers out there!
  2. Wheels: Chrome baby!
  3. Tonneau covers and spray-in bed liners
  4. All weather floor mats
  5. Hood reflectors
Let’s talk warranty. If you buy a new vehicle at McCarthy and add an accessory here, the 3 year/36k mile warranty applies. If you walk in off the street and purchase an accessory, the standard 12 month/12k mile warranty applies. Check out my quick tour of the department. [youtube][/youtube] What is your favorite car accessory? Did you purchase it at the dealership?