Signs My European Automobile Has Electrical Problems

When it comes to European automobile service and repair in Wilmington, North Carolina, look no further than East Coast EuroWerks. We are experts in everything European and automotive. Some European makes and models are known for developing electrical problems. We are going to list the signs of electrical problems below so you can bring your vehicle to our shop if you suspect its electrical system is malfunctioning.

Dead Engine

Without a functioning alternator, a charged battery, and a ready-to-go starter, your vehicle will not start. If you are cranking your engine only to find that it’s dead, it could be any one of the parts just listed, which are all part of the electrical system, well, except the starter. Your European automobile may also have an electrical system drain that prematurely kills the battery.

Dead Battery

A dead battery is also an electrical problem. If the battery is too old, which happens at around four years, or if there is noticeable damage to the battery case such as bubbling or corrosion, this electrical problem can be resolved by replacing the battery. If your battery is new and you are constantly having to jumpstart it, again, you may have a phantom drain somewhere in the electrical system.

Component Failure

You may also realize that you have an electrical problem in your European automobile if your accessories and components that are powered by electricity fail. Examples of these accessories and components include your power windows and seats; your entertainment system; your GPS; and your headlights, taillights, and interior lights.

Hot Smells

Your European automobile’s electrical system is not that different from your home’s electrical system. It is made up of fuses, wires, relays, and other electrical components that can get too hot. The wires are insulated in your automobile to help reduce the chance of an electrical fire. If you smell burning rubber or hot electricity, you’ve got a problem under the hood.

Blown Fuses

To be honest, your European automobile should never blow a fuse. If it does, and if it does so constantly, there is uneven current circulating through the electrical system. The problem could be with a specific part, such as the horn, or it could be an electrical system problem.

Warning Light

Finally, your dashboard may let you know that your vehicle has an electrical problem. If the ALT, GEN, or battery-shaped light come on other than when you first start your automobile, this is the engine control unit (your vehicle’s main computer) telling you a sensor has reported an electrical problem.

Don’t worry. East Coast EuroWerks in Wilmington, NC, can help you with your European automobile’s electrical problem. Call us today to schedule an appointment.

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