Top Causes of Auto Electric Trouble

Top Causes of Auto Electric Trouble

Top Causes of Auto Electric TroubleAuto electric systems are incredibly vast, which means that many things can go wrong with them. While it can be incredibly difficult to identify what's going on when electrical issues arise, a professional auto repair shop that specializes in electric problems will have the tools and know-how to get to the bottom of the issue. Chances are one of the following common causes of auto electric trouble will be the root cause of trouble.

Dead Battery

Most car batteries will last up to five years, but just like the batteries in your beeping smoke alarm, it will need to be replaced at some point. Unfortunately the first clue it's time for a new battery is often a dead one, which means your car isn't going to start. Aside from age there are other issues can kill a battery, such as a failed alternator or even leaving the lights on. In the latter case you can generally jump start the car to get the battery recharged.

Failed Alternator

The alternator is tasked with producing electricity via the motion of the engine to power parts and accessories throughout the car and keep the battery charged. Common signs of a failing alternator include dim or flickering headlights or trouble operating power accessories like seats and windows.

Starter Motor Troubles

You may not think of the starter as an electrical issue, but in reality it is, as it is an electric motor itself. The most telltale sign of starter trouble is a loud clicking noise that occurs when you try to start the car.

Blown Fuse

Fuses prevent too much electricity from flowing through a circuit, as this could damage the parts within the system, by breaking the circuit, known as a blown fuse. If you suddenly lose power to a full system, such as all of the blinkers stop working, it's probably due to a blown fuse. In most cases fuses are very cheap and easy to replace.

Stuck Relay

Electrical relays act as on off switches for certain automotive parts. If the relay gets stuck in one position or the other it means the part will malfunction. For example, if the fuel pump relay is stuck in the on position the fuel pump will continuously run, even when not required, including when the car is shut off. This causes damage to the part and drains the battery.

If you suspect electrical trouble with your car be sure to trust repairs to a team that specializes in automotive electric systems. For expert auto electric repair in Carson City visit the team at Presto Auto Electric. Our ASE certified technicians can complete auto electric repairs for any make and model at our full service facility. The next time you need auto repair in Carson City or the surrounding area give us a call at (775) 430-4546 to schedule an appointment!

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