3 Vital Parts of A Car’s Electrical System
The battery dies because it is no longer able to hold a charge. If the battery is over three years old, it is time to take your car in for a battery test. The battery will also die as a result of leaving the headlights or stereo on. If the battery is new but drained, a jump start with jumper cables should bring it back to life. However, if the battery has drained over time, a replacement is required. If the battery is over three years old or your engine is taking longer than normal to warm up, have an auto mechanic check the battery’s charge.
The alternator keeps your battery charged while the engine is running. If you’ve ever jumped a battery, you know it’s vital to keep the engine running for 30 minutes before shutting off the engine again. This is to give the alternator sufficient time to recharge the battery. As the alternator maintains the engine’s life, a broken alternator will drain the battery’s power and shut off the car. If a damaged alternator cannot be repaired, it will have to be replaced.
3. Spark plugs and spark plug wires
Poor acceleration or decreased gas mileage could signify a problem with the spark plugs or spark plug wires. The spark plugs are responsible for igniting the fuel mix and bringing the engine to life. If the spark plugs or spark plug wires are failing, the engine can’t run properly. Call Christian Brothers Automotive for an electrical system check if you feel your spark plugs are work-out or damaged.