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Six Signs Your Vehicle Has Electrical Problems

Electrical problems can be dangerous in an automobile, especially if the problem involves burning wires. Your car, truck, or C/SUV will give you an indication there’s something going on with the electrical system. In most cases, it could just be that the alternator is wearing down and needs to be replaced. Regardless of the problem, Checkpoint Motors can help if you notice any of the following six signs.

Engine Won’t Crank

The engine refusing to crank and start is usually caused by a dead battery, a failing starter, or an electrical drain. These phantom drains can come from anywhere, and they will bleed your battery dry. Usually, you’ll hear clicking when you turn the key in the ignition and nothing else happens.

The Battery Itself

If your vehicle’s battery is three-to-five years old, it’s probably time to replace it. A definite sign of a problem battery, which is part of your automobile’s electrical system, is corrosion on the terminals or a bulging or cracked battery case. Inspect your battery regularly to ensure this isn’t happening.

Electrical Component Slow-Down

Your vehicle’s lights and components are all powered by electricity, and they will warn of electrical system trouble. In the case of the head, tail, and cabin lights, they will dim and flicker. Power components, such as your power windows and entertainment system, will slow down or stop.

Hot or Burning Odors

As with any electrical system, your car, truck, or UV’s electrical system is made up wires, components, and fuses. Because the wires are in a combustion engine, they are wrapped in tubing to protect them. If you smell burning rubber, it could be the electrical wire casing, so pull over and kill the engine.

Speaking of Fuses

Electrical surges in your vehicle will blow a fuse just as they do in your home. If you keep replacing fuses, you’ve got an electrical problem somewhere in the automobile. The fuses themselves may help identify the source of the issue. A diagnostic check can also pinpoint from where the surges are coming.

Battery Light

Finally, if your battery light or check engine light comes on and won’t turn off, something is not quite right with your vehicle. You may have a warning light in the shape of a battery or with the letters ALT or GEN. If either of these turn on, the electrical system is returning an error to your onboard computer.

Call Checkpoint Motors at 503-974-3302 to schedule an appointment for an electrical inspection if you experience any of the above signs. You’ll find our automotive service shop in Oregon City, OR.

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