The electrical systems in our cars make driving easier. But due to the modern car constantly evolving, our vehicles have become more reliant on the electrical system than ever. ADAS systems, dashboard lights, chargers, and windshield wipers would not work without the electrical system. And most important, your vehicle would not turn on if the electrical system is down. Unfortunately, electrical systems can sometimes fail. Here are the three main electrical components that make up the electrical system and the symptoms they may display when they malfunction.
Car batteries are not everlasting – they weaken and fail from old age, acid leaks, loose wires, etc. As a result, you may have trouble starting your engine. Sometimes, you can wake the battery up with a jump, which will make it last a little while longer. In some cases, it is simply better to replace it altogether. Car batteries can last anywhere between 3-5 years or more.
If your engine doesn't turn over, you shouldn’t look past the starter. When you attempt to start your car and only hear a series of loud clicking noises, it is most like a failed solenoid with the starter. You should bring your car to a trusted mechanic as soon as possible.
Last but not least, we have the alternator. Its responsibility is to keep the battery charged whenever your engine is on. If the alternator stops working, your vehicle’s accessories will be the first to suffer. They might not all stop working completely, but you may notice lights flickering here and there. Eventually, a failed alternator will lead to starting problems when the battery is drained.
If you have experienced any of these electrical problems, please bring your car, SUV, or truck to the experts at 515 Motorsport today.