The electric system in your vehicle is responsible for directing energy to power windows, the lighting system, power locks, your engine starter, and much more. It is connected all over your vehicle by an assembly of various wires, circuits, relays and fuses. Unfortunately, it doesn’t take much to make the electrical system fail, because every component plays a big part, and all it takes is one to fail before you can’t get out of the driveway, or worse.
A few of the reasons an electrical system fails include improper fitting pins, broken switches, loose wiring, and problematic connections. Wires can jolt loose during a rough drive, or during impact if an accident occurs. Your vehicle wiring could already be loose if you’ve purchased a car second hand, and the electrical system wasn’t properly maintained or diagnosed before the sale. There’s also the regular wear and tear that a vehicle takes over time, which is why your wiring should be included in a yearly tune-up to keep your vehicle running smoothly.
It’s crucial to receive regular maintenance on your electrical and lighting system to keep your vehicle in working order and stay safe on the streets. At Glenn’s Auto Repair, we believe that every circuit is as important as the next when it comes to your vehicle’s internal wiring. To keep our clients safe and driving, we seek out shorts, check for faulty wiring harnesses, look at connections, check out the brightness of your headlights, solder wires if necessary, as well as various other internal fixes to provide high-quality, long term solutions at affordable prices.
What Your Electrical System Does For Your Vehicle
Your electrical system controls all the computerized components of your vehicle. Whether you choose an economy model, or a top of the line package, if the wiring isn’t working, neither will your dash lights, LED display, or anything else associated with the central processing unit and controls. Keeping your electric and lighting in working condition also helps to maintain battery and engine life.
This system is also in control of the charging network within your vehicle. You might notice the battery fail light on your dash making an appearance. This is a sign that the electricity in your vehicle isn’t making a full circuit, and the battery is unable to maintain a steady charge. Unfortunately, many people associate this light with the need for a new battery and will wait to see a technician until they have the funds to purchase one; this isn’t always the case.
Your lighting system is obviously very in tune with the electrical system. Without electricity your headlights, internal lights, and even dash lights won’t work. This includes turn signals, brake lights, and reverse lights. If these lights aren’t properly functioning, not only could it mean bigger and costlier problems in the future, but it could also cause an accident while you’re driving. At Glenn’s Auto Repair, our number one concern is our client’s safety, which is why our experienced mechanics provide thorough service every time we work on your vehicle.
How to Know There’s a Problem
There are many signs that your electrical and lighting system needs repair. Flickering headlights, lights that are uneven and more dim on one side, unresponsive dash lights, trouble getting started, and low fuel economy are all warnings that it’s time to make an appointment with your mechanic.
Remember that when a problem with your electrical becomes apparent, it’s important to seek help as soon as possible. The longer an electrical issue is left to fester, the more damage it can cause. Long term electrical damage can short many sections of your vehicle’s wiring, requiring a costlier fix in the end.
For more information on Glenn’s Auto Repair, Electrical and Lighting repair, as well as our many other vehicle services, contact us today. Our friendly team is always happy to hear from new and existing clients, and can schedule you an appointment with a certified mechanic at your convenience.
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