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Jan 18, 2017

4 Signs That Indicate Electrical Problems In Your Car

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While the quality and sophistication of electronics in today’s vehicles have made electrical problems less common that they used to be, there are still problems that you, as a vehicle owner, are inevitably going to have to deal with. Usually you need sophisticated diagnostic equipment to be able to tell what the problem is, but there are some signs that you can keep an eye out for yourself to help understand the problem.

4 Signs That Indicate Electrical Problems In Your Car

Car Won’t Start

When the car simply won’t start it generally means that there is a problem with the alternator, the starter, or the battery. If you turn the key and get no life, check and make sure that the interior lights come on when you open the car door. If they don’t, it’s a battery problem. If the lights are on and it still doesn’t start, it’s likely your alternator.

Visible Damage Or Battery Leakage

Inspect your battery from time to time to make sure there are no corrosion stains or buildup around the battery terminal. These are both signs that your battery is leaking, or is nearing the end of its life and needs to be replaced. A leaky battery is an electrical malfunction waiting to happen.

Light Dimming

If your lights are working when you open your car door, but all of a sudden start to dim while you are driving at low speeds, or idling, or you are experiencing something similar with your headlights, there could be problems with the battery, the alternator or the voltage regulator. Also, if your battery is on its way out, it might not be properly charging the electronics in your car. Problems with the alternator and volternator can also cause the lights to dim under other situations.

Brake Lights Don’t Work

If you’ve replaced the bulbs in the brake lights but they still aren’t working, the problem might not be your brake lights, but the fuse. Always check to make sure that it isn’t a simple fuse issue causing your electrical problems before jumping to more dramatic conclusions.

Electrical problems are a pain, but luckily they can usually be easily diagnosed by an expert, and there are usually easy fixes. If you are noticing any of the above problems with your vehicle, take it in to have it inspected by someone who knows what they’re doing and always remember: it might simply be a fuse.

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