Modern vehicles have a sophisticated electrical system to enable them to provide safety, convenience, quality rides. A car features a maze of intertwined wires and relays, connecting to some of the system's most critical components, including the battery, alternator, and other systems control signals. If any of these components fails, you can experience a wide range of issues, resulting in poor driving.
Because of the complexity of a vehicle's electrical system, it is not uncommon to misdiagnose a particular problem. In this article, we cover the top 5 signs and symptoms of a failing auto electrical system.
The Engine Doesn't Start Properly
A car's engine relies on electrical power to operate. It requires power from the battery to ignite the fuel and get it to start. If the engine has problems cranking, you might want to check the battery, alternator, or other components. When the engine delivers a "click" sound every time you try to ignite the engine, the current transmission might have a glitch, usually a discharged or bad battery. It may also be an issue with the starter.
A Bad Alternator
A bad alternator ranks as one of the most common electrical car problems. The alternator charges the battery and transmits electrical power to the peripheral components that require it. With a bad alternator, recharging the battery becomes impossible. When you get dim headlights when driving at night, it is a sign of a bad alternator.
Frequent Fuse Blow-Outs
A vehicle's fuse box prevents power surges and short-circuiting. That protects critical electrical components from failing due to high current flow. It is normal for a fuse box to blow and break the circuit. Replacing it with a new fuse box is the only solution. However, when you have multiple/frequent fuse blow-outs, it indicates a more complicated electrical system problem. It would help to have it checked by the professionals to prevent further damages.
If you are experiencing an electrical issue in your car, we invite you to bring the vehicle to our auto repair center today. Our ASE-certified technicians are ready to offer quality, efficient, and long-lasting repair services.