Most Common Electrical Issues

Newer cars utilize computers and electricity to perform various operations. From the radio to the engine, electricity runs throughout most components of your vehicle. If electrical issues arise it could cause unsafe driving conditions or a non-functioning vehicle. There are usually several common electrical issues that are considered in a diagnosis.

Dead Battery

The battery is the most common cause of electrical failure. This is typically the easiest of issues to diagnose, because the vehicle completely shuts down and all electrical devices stop working. No lights, no radio, and no engine turn-over. Often times, it only takes a jump start to get the vehicle running again, but in some cases you may be due for a full battery replacement.

Battery Cables

If your vehicle won’t start, the first thing you should investigate is the battery. If you notice corrosion, try cleaning the cables and terminals. This could be a simple fix.

Bad or Failing Alternator

If your vehicle’s battery will not hold a charge after a jump start, then this is an indication that the alternator is faulty. The alternator acts as a generator for your battery. If it breaks, then there is no charge powering the battery, and the vehicle will not start.

Overworked Starter

It’s all about that “click.” If you’ve ever tried to start your vehicle and all you hear is a clicking noise, then your starter or solenoid has gone bad.


Blown Fuses

If a particular electrical system fails, but not another, you can attribute that to a blown electrical fuse. Your vehicle houses a fuse box and it is a simple task to replace fuses.

Spark Plugs

If your vehicle is running but the idling is rough or the car feels sluggish, then more than likely your experiencing the symptoms of failing spark plugs. A tune-up and plug change can be done easily and get your car running like new again.

If you think you’re experiencing any of these issues, contact Courthouse Automotive at 757-453-6399

Help! My Car Won’t Start!

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Several Common Reasons Why Your Car Won’t Start

Car won’t start? There are a variety of reasons why your car may not be starting up. Typically, there are subtle telltales between the causes that can help you diagnose the problem. It can save you and your mechanic some time if you notice the distinctions. Here are several common reasons why your car won’t start.

1. The battery might be dead. We know this is fairly obvious, but it is the most common cause. If your vehicle is making a clicking noise, but won’t start your battery is probably dead. Easy enough. Just recharge your battery or purchase a new one.

2. You may have a bad alternator. The alternator is what charges your battery while the engine is running. Look out for dimming headlights, illuminated dash lights or even a growling sound. These are symptoms of an alternator going bad. If you notice any of these signs, get your alternator replaced before you end up with a dead battery.

3. You could also be having issues with your fuel system. You’ll notice that they engine cranks, but won’t start up. This can be caused by a blocked fuel filter or even fuel pump failure.

4. A bad ignition switch can also be the cause. The ignition switch sends power from the battery to spark the starter and begin the gas burning process. When your switch goes bad, this process fails. You may notice flickering dash lights and difficulty turning your car key with this issue.

5. Following the ignition process, you could also have a faulty starter. You’ll know when you have a faulty starter because it produces a high-pitched screeching sound.

These are just a few common reasons why your car won’t start. It can help you to recognize certain signs and sounds so that you can let your certified mechanic take a deeper look. Your repair shop will still need to fully diagnose the problem to get your vehicle back on the road.