Electrical System Diagnostics
The electrical systems of today’s vehicles are complex. Your electrical system covers everything in your car that needs power to operate. This includes anything from the dashboard lights, key-less entry, automatic braking systems, power steering, and more.The electrical system in your car works similar to the electrical wiring in your home, except there is no external power supply in your vehicle. The power in your vehicle is generated by the battery and further distributed through a system of wiring, switches, circuits and relays.
On-board diagnostics (those little lights on your dashboard) have changed a lot since the 90’s, and with the advancement of electric-based vehicles, you need an expert to properly diagnose electrical issues. The electrical system is far more complicated in hybrid vehicles that use electricity to power the engine and not just peripheral systems. Our mechanics have decades of experience servicing a variety of vehicles with multiple on-board diagnostics.
Our mechanics are experienced in solving a wide range of electrical issues in both gasoline-powered and hybrid vehicles. Here are some of the common areas where such issues often originate from:
Dead or failing battery: a sure sign of a dead battery is when nothing turns on when you turn the key in the ignition.
Failed starter: a starter is an electrical motor that sets the engine in motion; with a failed starter your car won’t start.
Damaged electrical wiring
Faulty switches and relays: similar to damaged wiring, they will prevent electrical current from reaching its destination.
Expired light bulbs