Your car is equipped with multiple electrical circuits that provide power to nearly every system in your car including:
How Your Car’s Electrical System Works
The primary electrical circuit in your car is the starting and charging system, which is put into action from the moment you attempt to start your car. The battery is what maintains the electricity to run all of the car’s electrical components, and most of all it provides the electricity to allow the car to initially start.
The starting process begins with the ignition switch, which makes the connection between the battery and the starter solenoid to engage the starter. The starter turns the engine until the combustion process starts at which point the engine continues to run without assistance from the starter.
Once the car is running, the alternator is the component that keeps the battery charged. If the alternator fails to charge the battery, the car will slowly use all of the remaining charges in the battery until the car stops running.
The life expectancy of your car’s battery is roughly 4 to 6 years. If you find your battery is not lasting that long, you might have an underlying issue causing it to fail prematurely and we can investigate that for you.
Additionally, the battery may require service from time to time; mostly cleaning of the terminals if they become corroded, otherwise, they may not effectively conduct electricity throughout the car.
Here is an overview of your cars electrical system:
Electrical System Services We Perform:
- Complimentary Battery Check
- Battery Testing and Replacement
- Battery Terminal Cleaning and Replacement
- Battery Cable Replacement
- “No Start” Diagnosis
- Ignition Switch Replacement
- Starter / Starter Solenoid Replacement
- Alternator (and belt) Replacement
- Electrical System Diagnostics
Ready to Make An Appointment For Your Electrical System Service?
At Kneble’s Auto Service Center we always want to make the process of getting your car serviced as convenient as possible. To ensure that we can get your car serviced in a timely manner, we ask that you make an appointment for your electrical system service.
We are able to accommodate those who desire to wait for their tune-up as we feature a comfortable waiting area complete with TV, complimentary refreshments, a library, desk, and a charging station. And yes, we even have free Wi-Fi!
In some cases, we may determine that the car needs to stay overnight either due to the time required for service or the unavailability of parts.
If you need service and have not made an appointment you can always feel free to call us at (609) 625-3286 to get on the schedule.
Please note that we offer a shuttle service within a 10 miles radius of the shop (Millville, Somers Point, Ocean City, Margate, and surrounding areas).
Frequently Asked Questions About Electrical System Services:
It is very likely that a dead battery could be the cause. Loose battery cables or corroded battery terminals can also produce this system. Additionally, a faulty ignition switch could produce that symptom, but that is less likely. Please give us a call so we can make arrangements to help you get the car into the shop so we can further diagnose the problem.
A battery that is not fully charged would likely cause this. Please give us a call so we can make arrangements to help you get the car into the shop so we can further diagnose the problem.
A variety of malfunctions could cause this, however, it is likely that there may be a problem with the fuel or ignition systems. Please give us a call so we can make arrangements to help you get the car into the shop so we can further diagnose the problem.