A modern car is a maze of wires, fuses, relays computers and other major electrical parts. Failure of any of the parts can cause your car to show a “check engine” warning light, or even quit running all together. The following are 7 of the most common electrical problems in modern automobiles. If you experience any of these be sure to contact your local mechanic right away.
A dead battery is the most common and obvious electrical problem you will have with your car. This can usually be resolved with a jump start from another vehicle. However, unless there is an obvious cause, such as having left the lights on, a dead battery may be an indication of a larger problem.
Battery Will Not Charge
A battery that will no longer hold a charge will need to be replaced. Batteries do wear out after a few years of normal use, and even faster if the car is left unattended for months at a time.
A damaged or otherwise malfunctioning alternator could also prevent the battery from recharging. If your car begins to lose electrical function, such as dim headlights, as you drive, you can bet on alternator trouble.
Fatigued Starter or Solenoid
If the starter or solenoid goes out your car’s engine won’t turn over, as it begins to fail, you may notice the engine turning over more and more slowly when you attempt to start.
Bad Battery Cables
A corroded loose battery cable could be the root of a no start situation. Check these connections first if your car won’t start. You may notice a bluish-white powder forming near connections.
The electrical systems of modern cars, homes and offices have become so complex that it usually takes a professional to handle any problems that may arise.
This article will guide you with a few handy tips on how to find an experienced Edinburgh electrician.
Look for companies and read them up – do your research!
If you’re looking for an electrician online, then you’ll find numerous websites & social media pages run by companies that offer electrical services that you may be interested in or have a need for. By contacting them this will give you the opportunity to discuss your electrical project with them and really go into detail regarding the job requirements, budget etc.
At the same time, you will also find a lot of reviews both on social media as previously mentioned and independent review sites aimed at pairing home service providers with customers. This will help you choose from your available options. If you go for an offline search, it would be advisable to ask your family or friends about electricians they have previously used, that way, you can look to receive a trustworthy review or recommendation.
Are they correctly qualified?
Now that you have a short list of potential electrical service providers to choose from, making sure that your preferred electrician is up to date with all the correct qualification certificates from the relevant authorities is essential. All professional electricians will be able to provide you with the correct paperwork along with the required accreditations prior to undertaking any work. This will give you the customer peace of mind and make sure that all work is carried out safely.
Keeping this in mind, a reliable and reputable electrician will be able to provide you necessary qualifications, bring along the correct equipment for each specialised area of your project and possess the technical skills to deliver a safe and satisfactory job for you.
Discuss the pay beforehand
While it isn’t always possible for an electrician to give you their exact cost, they can provide you with an estimate nonetheless. If you discuss the payment beforehand, it will be easier for you to budget how much money you have to keep aside for the electrical element of any home renovation or property development project. Electrical work does have to be generously budgeted for as along with the plumbing is a fundamental element of any property project & is therefore vital that all work is done correctly. If something is too cheap it can in many cases be ‘too good to be true’ so it’s really worth making sure a realistic budget is set from the outset and a contingency over spend budget is available should the project require any additional work once things are underway.
Most reputable electricians will provide free of charge, no obligation quotes so as previously mentioned it is always wise to speak to at least three different contractors in order to get feel for cost and time involved in the repair.