Electrical system maintenance (Part 1)
Electrical System Maintenance
A car relies on its electrical system to ensure smooth running and operation. Unfortunately, many car owners do not pay attention to the electrical system because it does not need to be inspected as often as the car’s moving parts. Knowing what comprises a car’s electrical system is very important in making sure it runs smoothly.
Some common problems that are caused by the electrical system include:
1. Little or no power in the battery
This is one of the very common problems that occur in a vehicle. Sometimes the battery is totally out of power, which makes it hard to start the car, and sometimes battery seems to have power that is less than the threshold needed to get the engine running. This is a very frustrating experience, especially if you are in a hurry.
2. Alternator not functioning
The alternator is one of the most important components of the battery. It plays an important role in providing proper charging and functioning of the vehicle’s battery. When the alternator is not in good condition, the battery cannot be charged and this leads to fault in the electrical system.
3. Damaged starter or solenoid
This part is also very important for the car to work properly. When this part has a malfunction, it leads to poor braking systems, which is a very serious problem.
4. Cables in the battery and electrical fuses
When the cable connections in the battery are loose, it leads to charging and functioning problems. The same applies when there are fuse malfunctions.
5. Alternator belt is cracked
When the belt cracks due to tension and heavy usage could cause trouble to the car.
6. Deficiency in ignition system
This is one of the very many causes of car breakdown. The ignition system of any automobile plays a very important role in the car’s dynamics. When the ignition is poor, it is difficult to get the car’s accessories and spark plugs to work. Some of the parts that make up the ignition system include: coil wire, magneto, and ignition switch. Most problems in the electrical system seem to occur due to a faulty ignition. Try as much as possible to ensure that the ignition is is in working condition.
7. Loose Spark plugs
These are considered to be very precise, a wonderful masterpiece, and a state of the art field in automobiles. It needs acute maintenance and very careful handling. Without a spark plug, it is difficult to move your car even for 10 meters. The spark plug needs to be properly to ignite incoming fuel to avoid starting problems.
The common signs that the car needs electrical system maintenance include having trouble starting the vehicle. This is often a sign of a bad battery. If jumping the car does not work, the problem could lie within the starter or the alternator. When the lights of the car start flickering or they do not fully illuminate when the car is started, the electrical system may have a problem.