Vehicles, these days come with highly advanced electrical components that you sometimes do not realize there is a problem with your car until it refuses to start. This is what often happens with your car’s electrical system; one day you turn the key in the ignition and your car starts immediately while on another, your car refuses to start due to electrical system problems. In this article, we have prepared enough details about all you need to know about your car electrical system, it’s purposes, how to know when there is a problem with it and what to do to reduce the potential for problems.
What is the purpose of the electrical system in a vehicle?
An electrical system is very fundamental to the operation of a cat as it is what gives power to certain parts of the car including alternator, battery as well as the starter. There are a number of nuances for every electrical system based on its model, age and make.
Nowadays, there are newer cars with more complex computer systems which interact with the functions of the car such as steering, sensors, brakes and many more. The purpose of an electrical system in a car cannot be ignored because a car will not really work without its electrical system or better still remain immobile if it’s electrical system is faulty.
What are the symptoms of electrical system problems in a car?
There is no way you can avoid not getting a new battery or getting your electrical system fixed if your car is experiencing any of the following symptoms:
- If your car refuses to start or you are finding it difficult to crank the engine of your car.
- If the dashboard of your car and or the interior lights does not come up properly.
- If the brake light or headlights of your car dims whenever your car is idling or you drive slowly.
- If when turned on, the heater or air conditioner of your car does not blow any air.
- If at any point in time while driving you smell anything like electrical insulation or burning plastic.
You know you definitely need to get the electrical system of your car fixed if and when any of the listed symptoms occur. However, it is very easy for you to avoid n car electrical problems, regular maintenance is the key to ensure that your electrical system operates properly and also have less potential problems.
The following tops, if carefully adhered to will help you prevent having to face constant electrical system problems.
- Try to set aside time to inspect and clean the battery as well as the battery cables of your car because it is only a matter of time before corrosion build up on the posts and cables of your car’s battery. In order to do this, you can use the special fluids designed to remove corrosion or you can simply use the mixture of baking soda and water. If the steps to follow to get this done seem difficult for you, you simply pay your technician a visit and get it done.
- It is only normal for you to also check and inspect the drive belt while you are looking at the battery to see if there is any sign of cracks, dryness or glazing. While you are at it, you may also check the tension of the belt and if you don’t know where either the drive belt or the belt tension is, you don’t need to panic because your technician knows when a drive belt needs replacement.
- As a matter of fact, we all know that a car battery only has a lifespan of 3 to 5 years depending on how often it is used so it is important that you ensure to replace your car battery before it fails completely.