Time to Call the Auto Electrician: Four Main Signs That Your Car Has an Electrical Problem


The electrical system of a car is composed of three main components:

  • The battery
  • The starter
  • The alternator

The battery is the heart of the electrical system since it provides the power to both the starter and the alternator, as well as the fuel system and other electrical systems in your car such as the alarm, windows and automated door locking systems. The starter is powered by the battery to get the engine moving and the alternator ensures that the battery remains charged to keep both the electrical system and the car running.

When having car trouble, it can be rather hard to pinpoint the source of the problem. However, when you see any of these following signs, you should know that you have an electrical problem and call the auto electrician immediately.

The car doesn't start

This is a clear electrical problem that could be coming from any of the electrical system components. For instance, if the car won't start but the lights are working, then it may be that your battery is dead. In this case, if you have jumper cables, you could get the battery jump-started using another car then head to the nearest auto repair shop.

On the other hand, if you hear a clicking sound when you turn the ignition, you may have a problem with your starter, which will require an auto electrician to take a look. Complete silence when starting the car, while the lights are on, means you have a problem with your alternator, so call the auto electrician as well for this one.

The lights are dim or don't work at all

If you notice that your headlights or dashboard lights go dim when the car is idling or running at low speeds, then you definitely have an electrical problem. It could be the battery having trouble charging or problems with your voltage regulator, which should be checked out.

If your lights don't come on at all, there could be two reasons: either the bulbs need replacing or your car has blown a fuse. This can affect brake lights, interior lights, indicator lights or other electrical devices such as the radio or air conditioning. Once you have ruled out problems with the actual lights or devices, you should have an electrician check your fuses.

A burning plastic smell

Each electrical circuit is designed to carry a specific amount of current, beyond which the wires and other components will begin to burn. Therefore, if you notice this smell, then you should have a professional locate exactly where the circuit is drawing more power than it should, and have that fixed. It should be handled urgently because it is a potentially dangerous problem.

The battery is leaking

You should take time to check on your battery once in a while to make sure it is in proper working condition. If you should find corrosion stains or build up around the battery terminals then you could be having a leak or your battery is due for replacement. Make sure to handle the battery carefully since the leakage is acidic and hence corrosive.


23 March 2016

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