Automotive Electrical Systems

The first automobiles used electricity only to ignite the fuel inside the engine, but today’s automotive electrical system is used for charging, starting, lighting, braking, cooling, navigation and communication systems.  The old hand crank has been replaced by junction and fuse boxes, individual components, wiring, connections, switches, grounds, bulbs, sockets, modules, computers and relays.

Think of your vehicle’s electrical systems as an elaborate power storage and distribution system.  The basics of the system include:

  • Battery
  • Starter
  • Solenoid
  • Alternator (or generator)
  • Voltage regulator
  • Fuse panel

Once past the fuse box, your vehicle uses power to run and control just about every function.  From time to time this complex system misfires, shorts out, or a component goes bad.

We use advanced diagnostics tools as well as visual inspections to find and fix root cause electrical issues and put your vehicle back on the road.