Detecting and Repairing Electrical Problems

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Detecting an electrical problem in a car can be challenging and time consuming.  This is because there are dozens of electrical components needed to route power in your vehicle’s electrical system and these can vary greatly according to vehicle make, model and age.

The electrical system in your car includes the vehicle’s battery, alternator and starter. Many new vehicles also feature sophisticated computer systems that affect functions like steering, brakes, sensors, and more. All of these electrical components make it difficult to diagnose the cause of vehicle electrical problems, but most begin and end with your battery.

Your car battery should last between three and seven years.  We think it’s smart idea to replace yours every four-to-five years as a safety measure. There are signs that will tell you it is time to have your vehicle’s electrical system checked immediately if:

  • Your car won’t start.  You turn your key and hear clicking, grinding, or no sound at all.
  • The interior or dashboard lights do not illuminate properly.
  • Your car runs well, but the headlights dim while you’re traveling at low speeds, or idling at a stop.

To troubleshoot your car’s electrical system, Granite City Collision uses specialized diagnostic equipment to access the car’s data to identify the cause of any electrical problem.  This electrical system diagnosis includes:

  • A visual check of the battery and case condition
  • A battery assessment to ensure it can still deliver adequate power to the car
  • Electrical cables connections are tested and adjusted if necessary
  • Engine diagnostics are used to troubleshoot sophisticate systems and complex electrical problems

Please consider Granite City Collision where experiencing and electrical problem on your car.  We’ve been in the auto repair business for over 40 years serving the Surry County community.  And we’d like to be your best option for getting you back on the road fast, and with no second visits.