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5 Symptoms of Vehicle Electrical Problems

Electrical problems in your automobile can be just as dangerous as they are in your home. You don’t want electrical wiring to catch on fire, especially since you’ve got flammable fuel and fluids in your vehicle’s engine. If you notice any of the five things listed below, your automobile could have an electrical problem, so bring it into Mechanic One Auto Repair right away.

You Smell Something Burning

Never take chances if you smell something burning in your car, truck, or SUV. Fire and fuel don’t mix, so pull over immediately and kill the engine. Burning related to an electrical problem usually smells like plastic or rubber because the electrical wiring casing is made from these materials, but no matter what the burning smells like, err on the side of caution.

Your Lights Are Dim

We aren’t just talking about your headlights, although they are often the most noticeable when they’re dim. Any of the lights on your vehicle that are dim or flicker indicate an electrical problem. It could be the head and tail lights, your dashboard lights, or even the center dome light. Sometimes the dulling will be subtle and you won’t notice it right away.

The Radio Stopped Working

All of your vehicle’s components need power, and this includes the entertainment system and power accessories. A surefire sign that your vehicle has an electrical problem is if these components stop working. For example, your radio may shut off even though you didn’t turn it off or your power windows may slow down or stop.

The Battery Is Corroded

It’s a good idea to check your vehicle’s battery regularly for corrosion, bubbling, or cracking. If you see any of these things, you’ve got an electrical problem and it’s likely the battery itself. This can make starting your vehicle’s engine hard, if not impossible, as can the alternator. The alternator generates the voltage in your electrical system.

You Keep Blowing Fuses

Finally, if you keep blowing fuses, something is overpowering something somewhere. The fuse itself could be the clue, i.e. you keep blowing the fuse that powers your horn. No matter what, blown fuses signal voltage issues, including surges, so it’s best to have this problem inspected and fixed right away to avoid the potential of an electrical fire.

Mechanic One Auto Repair in Canton, MI, would be happy to discuss your electrical issues with you. Call us today at 734-237-6953 to schedule an automotive service appointment.

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