Energy Efficient Electrical Designs for New Homes

Energy Efficient Electrical Designs for New Homes

Troubleshooting Electrical Problems with Your Car: What You Can Do at Home, and When You Need a Professional

Kimberly Garrett

As cars become more and more technologically advanced, the expertise required to repair and maintain them has become similarly advanced. The job description for an auto electrician is pretty much what the words suggest—an electrician for your automobile. The role became firmly established all the way back in 1912, when the first integrated vehicle electric headlight and ignition systems were rolled out. The (then) complexity of these systems meant that a whole new sub branch of electricians were needed—ones who specialised in electrical systems on four wheels. The services of a skilled auto electrician are invaluable when it comes to diagnosing and repairing electrical faults in your vehicle. Having said that, there are a few things you can do yourself to help make sure your vehicle is back up and running as soon as possible.

Dead or Alive: Your Battery

The most common electrical problem you're likely to experience with your vehicle is when it won't start. This can almost always be traced back to its battery. When did you last replace it? If you can't remember the last time you needed battery maintenance or replacement, then it's probably time! Ask friends and family to see if anyone has a battery tester capable of measuring amps. You will be able to see if your battery is weak or even dead. It might just need charging, although if this becomes a common occurrence, it indicates that the battery needs to be replaced.

Are You Connected?

Sometimes your battery seems to hold enough charge and yet there's still no joy when it comes to starting your vehicle. When this happens, you need to examine the leads that connect your battery to the rest of the car. A good battery is not able to start your car if its connections are loose, dirty or corroded. Ensure that the battery is disconnected, and then give the connections a thorough cleaning—a good wipe is generally sufficient. Next, reconnect the battery and ensure that the connections are tight. Corroded battery connections generally need to be replaced, as they're unable to draw charge from the battery, or send the power where it needs to go.

Individual Components

If your car starts and operates normally, and yet you experience an issue with a specific system, you'll need an auto electrician to give it the once over. Just think of how many electrical components are contained in your car. In addition to the battery, starting motor, alternator, dashboard display, and fuel injection system, there are all those other things that are practically standard. Things such as remote locking, onboard entertainment, and GPS—these are hard to live without and can compromise the safety and comfort of your vehicle. An auto electrician will be able to identify and repair the system in question, before it could potentially impact other parts of your car. This is more common for add-ons that you've purchased and had installed yourself. These upgrades might not have been installed properly, or might not have been the best choice, although any good auto electrician will be able to offer you solutions.

While it's natural for your heart to skip a beat if your car doesn't start in the morning, it's lucky that most of these problems can be traced back to your battery, and are easy to repair. For everything else, a good auto electrician (like one from Thompson's Auto Electrics) is worth their weight in gold…or car batteries.


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Energy Efficient Electrical Designs for New Homes

Hi, my name is Jules and welcome to my blog. From the first time I stuck a wire in a potato and got a light, I have been enthralled by electricity. As I got older, I even began wiring my own homes. Although I love to play with electricity, I certainly don't like to waste it. Because of that, I have creating a number of lighting designs to save energy. It can't just be about the wires. It has to also be about windows, position of the overhead and side lights, integration of solar panels and other elements. Please explore this blog and enjoy!