No one likes it when their car won't start or can't maintain a charge. The good news is, battery charging issues are only caused by a few parts of your car. If you work your way through them, you'll be able to arrive at a solution.
Your Alternator Is Going Bad
Your alternator is the device that keeps your battery charged. If your alternator is going bad, your battery may not be able to last as long as it used to.
If you have been working on old cars and have a few old catalytic converters on hand, you might be wondering about the best way to get rid of them. There are actually a few different ways of doing so; these are three different options that you can look into.
1. Sell Them Used
Someone in your area could be looking for a catalytic converter for a car that they are working on, or they might be looking to gather up a bunch of parts to sell for scrap.
If you've got an old pickup truck sitting in the weeds rusting away but you would like to do something with it, and it still has a decent engine, then you should get started fixing it up. You could make the process of restoring it (or at least getting it into good shape) a project you work at on weekends. It's totally doable on a budget, as long as you know how to source good used auto parts, and are adept at searching salvage yards for the right materials.
If you're looking to get started working on your car, but have never done any serious automotive work, then you might not be ready to start with something such as rebuilding a transmission or replacing an alternator. However, changing your car's oil is a great way to start learning about your car and working on it. It's something that needs to be done on a semi-regularly basis, so you should learn how to do it anyways and save yourself the cost of bringing the car in to a shop.
There are many cars and trucks on the market with valves in them that are difficult to reach. These valves often require special tools with extension arms to reach them when they need to be opened or released. That means that your mechanic may charge you extra because he or she has to either take apart your vehicle's engine or buy and use specialty tools. Instead, you could bypass these issues with custom valves that did not originally come with your vehicle.