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Hello, my name is Walter. Over the past few months, I have been working on my car. I never used to think much about my car. I would just jump into it and hit the road. Things were fine at first, but soon I realised that things were starting to go wrong. Strange white smoke started to appear from the exhaust. Sometimes when I changed gear, I could hear a strange noise. Foolishly, I ignored all of this until my car broke down. When I got to the auto repair shop the mechanic repaired my car and then gave it a full service. As he did so, I began my auto servicing education.



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How Do You Know You Have Auto Electrical Problems? Find Out

by Margie White

Car electrical issues are among the most frustrating things that car owners have to deal with. Often, when the car develops an electrical issue, the first place to check is the battery to see whether it has failed or gotten damaged somehow. Most vehicle owners get stranded when they realise that they do not have a battery issue, but the car is still acting up. While modern vehicles have better electrical systems than their older counterparts, it is also possible for small electrical issues to lead to damages and even compromise your road safety.

Here are three ways to tell when your car starts to develop electrical problems so that you can get auto electrical repair.

When the Engine Does Not Start Well

The first way to tell that you need the electrical system checked is when your vehicle's engine stops working as it should. The battery is part of the engine function because it provides the sparks that ignite the fuel and start the vehicle. When the engine does not start well, the battery possibly has a problem. It might also be an issue with the alternator. 

The only way you can tell the real source of the problem with your system is by getting your vehicle to an auto shop to be checked. 

When the Lights Start Malfunctioning

Another common indicator that your vehicle has electrical issues is when the lights start malfunctioning. The problem can be anything from flickering and dimming. Dimming headlights are an indication that the system voltage has gone down and cannot support the lighting. It could also indicate that the charging feature in the battery has failed and needs to be fixed. 

Corrosion can also lead to problems with the lights, especially when the terminals and the wires are affected. A diagnosis will help identify the cause of the problem.

When You Have a Burning Plastic Smell

The other way to know that you have issues with the electrical system is when your vehicle starts having a burning plastic smell as you drive. The plastic smell could be the result of an electrical insulator failing. 

You should stop the vehicle and have it towed to an auto shop because a burning smell can turn into your vehicle catching fire and other massive damage.

An auto mechanic will check all the issues with your electrical system and determine the cause and how to resolve the problem. With their help, you will have a functional vehicle within a short time.