When a car refuses to start then of course most car owners will have its battery and electrical system checked, but this is not the only time when you may need to call for electrical repair for your car. Understanding the common signs of needed repair work for your car can mean ensuring that it's always working as it should, and can also avoid causing more damage as times goes on. Note a few signs of damage to a car's electrical system that most car owners overlook so you can take your vehicle in for repairs the minute you notice any of these.
1. What smells like electricity under your hood
An electrical fire has a very distinct odor that you might notice when any type of electrical wiring starts to burn out; this can be true when wires in your home begin to get frayed and worn, and also when wiring under your car's hood begins to wear away.
If you notice any type of distinct burning odor coming from your car, you want to have this checked as soon as possible, but even more so when you note that it seems like the smell of electricity. This can signal a burned out wire or connection; ignoring it can mean causing corrosion or damage to electrical components.
2. A struggling battery
When you try to start your car, if it grinds for several seconds before starting, this often means that you have a weak battery. You may also notice that your electrical systems don't want to all work at the same time; your headlights might go dim when you turn on the air conditioner or step on the brakes. These are signs of a weak battery that may be getting ready to die. A weak battery can cause damage to the starter and alternator as it puts extra wear and tear on them every time you turn over the engine, so have your car's battery tested and consider replacing it.
3. Dashboard warning lights
Dashboard warning lights are not there for decoration; they come on when there is a problem with your car that needs attention. If the battery light comes on, this usually means there is a problem with the car's battery, alternator, or other electrical component. Don't ignore it and assume it will go away or think that because your car still drives then there must not be a problem, but at least take your car in for a diagnosis and find out the problem so you can decide on repairs.
Learn more by contacting auto repair technicians like Drive-in Auto Electrics.