Auto Electrical

5 Signs You Might Need to Get Your Alternator Repaired

Alternators tend to be reliable on most vehicles, but the time does come when they break down and fail. When they do, you will probably experience one of the following symptoms:

Alternator Repair Auckland

  1. Your battery dies. A battery can fail for many different reasons, but you will be able to tell if it’s your alternator by either replacing the battery or jump starting the car. If the car dies again in a short period of time, the alternator is likely at fault.
  2. The battery warning light comes up on the dash. Again, this could come up for a few reasons, but if the alternator has failed this light will probably come on.
  3. Your headlights are dim or have issues. This is a common indicator that the battery is struggling to keep charge and is likely to be the fault of the alternator.
  4. Electrical components are playing up or having issues. Similar to the headlights, when other electrical components start having issues, that’s usually a sign that the battery is struggling to supply enough power, often caused by an alternator fault.
  5. Rattling, grinding or strange sounds coming from your engine. Odd noises coming from your engine could be a sign that the alternator is failing, particularly if coupled with oddly behaving electronics. Alternators have rotating parts that can make noises when they are failing.

If you suspect any of these issues with your car, pop in to see us at Eurosparx. We can do some quick checks on your car to let you know if your alternator is faulty and we also do alternator repairs from our workshop in Avondale.

iDrive Throttle Controller

How the iDrive Throttle Controller Can Improve Your Ute

Most modern vehicles, including utes, use an electronic system for the throttle known as “fly by wire”. Instead of a cable mechanically connecting the pedal to the throttle, the pedal has a sensor to read how much the pedal is pressed and then operated the throttle electronically to open it accordingly.

The problem with this is that many vehicles have a noticeable delay between the time you press the pedal and the time the throttle reacts. This is where iDrive comes in.

iDrive Throttle Controllers Auckland

The iDrive Throttle Controller allows you to adjust the reaction time of the throttle and the pedal, in order to match it to your driving style.

But there are other throttle controllers that can do that, what makes iDrive so special?

The iDrive unit is able to automatically adjust the throttle response based on pedal pressure and your driving style. That means if you are taking it easy and using the throttle gently, it will set itself to setting 1 (least responsive).

If you accelerate hard, such as in an overtaking maneuver, towing a trailer or just having a good time behind the wheel, it will change the setting to 9 (most responsive).

It also has an economy mode, which reduces responsiveness of the throttle in order to increase fuel economy.

And, should you want full control, you can manually set the controller between 1-9 to give you the exact response you are looking for.

If you are looking for an iDrive for your ute, we at Eurosparx are the official West Auckland distributor for iDrive and have units for:

  • Holden Colorado
  • Mitsubishi Triton
  • Ford Ranger
  • Nissan Navara
  • Toyota Hilux

We are able to supply the entire iDrive range so if we don’t have the model you are looking for, we can get it!
Get in contact with us now to get your iDrive by calling us on 09 218 7789 or emailing