Most Common Auto Electric Problems


Most Common Auto Electric ProblemsWhile your vehicle's engine utilizes gasoline to make the engine pump, the car as a whole relies on electricity as well, and not just for engine operation. The use of electricity begins the moment the key is turned, when power from the battery is fed to the starter motor, which in turn starts the motion of the engine. The electrical system in your vehicle is quite vast, and should it experience an issue, there are many different problems that can occur. Here's a look at four of the most common auto electric issues.

Dead Battery

The most common electrical issue that occurs with automobiles is a dead battery. While the battery will die over time and need to be replaced, it can also die if the lights are left on or the radio is played when the engine isn't running. In cases such as the latter the vehicle will just need a jumpstart to get up and running. A dead battery will prevent the car from starting.

Failed Starter

The starter motor is what gets the engine moving by spinning the flywheel. If the starter is unable to operate as designed due to a poor flow of electricity you will most often hear a loud click or a series of clicks when you turn the key, but no noise from the engine. It is likely that the starter motor will need to be replaced.

Malfunctioning Alternator

The alternator is what produces the electricity that is used in the vehicle while the engine is running. Any excess power it generates is then stored in the battery to help start the car. Common signs of alternator trouble includes issues with accessories, such as the power windows or seats, issues with the radio, or dim or flickering headlights.

Blown Fuse

If a whole system in your vehicle, such as all your blinkers, suddenly does not work, you can expect it to be caused by a blown fuse. Fuses are what regulate the amount of electrical power that flows to a certain system, ensuring it is not overloaded. If too much electricity is sent to it the fuse will blow, thus breaking the system. Replacing a fuse can usually be done at home, and at very little cost.

If you are experiencing any electrical issues and believe you need auto electric repair in Asheville, don't hesitate to contact the Organic Mechanic. We offer quality auto repair for all makes and models, no matter what problems they are experiencing. Give us a call at (828) 232-8120 to learn more about our services or to request an appointment for expert auto repair in Asheville today.


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Written By Brian Corey

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