Did you know that after an accident, you should get the electrical system in your vehicle checked? Our VIP Master Tech, Alan Graves, who works out of our Lewiston location, thinks this one of the best pieces of advice he can pass on to his customers. “The electrical system is an important eco-system that keeps your car running and functioning and is often ignored until something goes wrong,” says Alan.

 

When talking about a vehicle’s electrical system, most of us know that the battery is one of the most important parts. (We recently chatted with VIP Master Tech, Chris Martin of Saco about batteries.) The battery is the source of power within a larger complex system that includes the alternator, the computer system, wiring harnesses, various sensors, connectors and even the anti-lock brake system.

 

Alan says that of the electrical issues that come his way are “usually general issues and small repairs, while a small amount require more in-depth investigation.” Alan also told us the most common signs of an electrical issue, which aren’t always super-obvious. These signs include:

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Power windows aren’t working

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Battery corrosion

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Doors aren’t locking/unlocking

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Speedometer is not working or racing

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Electrical accessories aren’t turning on

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Blown or missing fuses

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Lights dim while driving and/or brake lights fail

 

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Vehicle has trouble starting or won’t start at all

 

If you notice any of the above symptoms, your vehicle’s electrical system could very well be the culprit.  Alan suggests that you leave the electrical repairs to the experts. “I’ve seen plenty of vehicles where the owners thought they could fix the issue and in turn, caused a much bigger, costlier problem,” says Alan. The sensitive electrical eco-system can easily be thrown out of whack when a fuse is incorrectly replaced or wiring breaks down; causing a massive system failure. “Your best bet,” Alan says, “is to bring it in somewhere, like VIP, where a tech can conduct a battery and electrical test and make sure the right parts are used if a repair is needed.”

 

 

“But, there is good news!” Alan tells us, “In most electrical trouble cases, it is something simple to repair, like a new battery or a simple wire repair.” Most of the time is spent identifying the problem and the repair can be quick and not leave your wallet crying. All VIP Master Techs can handle electric repair issues and even offer free battery and electrical tests to check the system. Want to know what’s happening and why? Make sure you have your Master Tech bring you out into the bay, and explain what’s happening with your vehicle. Alan advices that if you think your car could be having an electrical issue, “Get it checked. Leaving it unchecked for too long could leave you stranded and with a much higher repair bill.”