The 6 Most Common Vehicle Electrical Problems

When you hear the term “electrical problem,” what crosses your mind? Do you envision a flickering lightbulb in your home? Or do you think about your vehicle? If you are like most people, you probably think of your home first. However, your vehicle, no matter the make or model, has the potential for its own set of electrical problems.

The 6 most common vehicle electrical problems

Fixing electrical problems can be a bit tricky and is better left to a professional. But, knowing the signs can help you fix any problems quickly, avoiding further damage to your vehicle.

These Are The 6 Most Common Vehicle Electrical Problems:

  • Starter Trouble. As the name suggests, the starter is the part of your vehicle that starts it running. Even if your battery has a full charge and your alternator is in perfect condition, you won’t get anywhere without a working starter.  If there is a problem with your starter, when you turn your key you will not hear the “click” sound a healthy starter makes and the engine will not turn over.
  • Battery Problems. If you try and start your car and you do hear the “click” but nothing happens, the starter is probably fine, but your battery may be dead or dying. Battery problems usually occur because of battery age and/or leakage. If your vehicle has dim lights, and it takes you a couple of extra tries to start your engine, then your battery is likely dying. Handling a car battery can be dangerous, you want to avoid letting any fluids touch your skin. If you believe your battery is dying, you should have it checked and changed by professionals.
  • Alternator Malfunction. It is easy to tellwhen the alternator is malfunctioning if you know what to look out for. The car will start slow, it has decreased power and may experience a rapid loss in speed. The electrical system will flicker because the charge from the battery is not being distributed properly. A faulty alternator should be replaced immediately.
  • Loose Spark Plugs. Spark plugs power the piston, and when loose, they can cause problems. The car could lose power rapidly and eventually lose power altogether. You may experience engine misfire. If this is the case, the spark plugs should be changed out.
  • Short Circuit. When you give a circuit more power than it can handle it causes a short circuit. If you smell burning plastic while you are driving, there is a chance there is a short circuit. Have this issue checked by a mechanic right away as a short circuit can start a fire.
  • Faulty Fuse Box and Loose Wires. If your vehicle is blowing fuses regularly, it is time to replace the fuse box. If there is a loose wire around the fuse box it could cause the fuse to blow. Loose wires can also cause your vehicle to lose power rapidly.

If your vehicle experiences any of the above symptoms you should resolve the problem as soon as possible. The trusted mechanics at Accurate Service are here for you. We work on all makes and models of vehicles, domestic or foreign. Schedule an appointment online or give us a call at (520) 620-9129.