3 Vital Parts of A Car's Electrical System

3 Vital Parts of A Car’s Electrical System

The electrical system is your car’s energy source. When the electrical system fails, your engine cannot create power and the car will die. Luckily, your car will give warning signs when the electrical system is on the fritz. If you notice any symptoms of a malfunctioning electrical system, contact Christian Brothers Automotive in Springfield so our ASE-certified technicians can quickly repair the issue and have you on your way. Here are three parts of the electrical system to keep an eye on.

1. Battery

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.

2. Alternator

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.