Car Electrical

A New Start

Ignition system

The beginning of racing season is the perfect time of the year to “start your engine”. Whether you are on the track or driving through town, it’s important to make sure your ignition system is working properly. Addressing problems that may lead to ignition system failure is essential for dependable vehicle operation, so you will not be left stranded at the starting lines or the parking lots.

Many systems on your car work together to keep you on the go, and the most important is the ignition system. Symptoms of ignition problems include dimming of headlights and interior lights, illuminated ‘Check Engine’ and/or battery lights and failure of accessories to operate.

Driving habits such as frequent engine on/off cycles cause more wear on the starter than a simple trip back and forth to work. Other factors, including driving and weather conditions, mileage, vehicle age and excessive electrical draws like in-vehicle entertainment systems, can impact the ignition system as well. Since the fuel injection system and car battery are linked to the ignition system, a problem can be difficult to diagnose because it may be caused by one of many factors, such as a dead car battery, faulty ignition switch, worn out spark plugs, bad fuel injectors, ignition coil problems, fuel pump failure or starter motor failure.

For more information please call Central Auto Repair and Electric .

Charging System Info

The modern charging system hasn't changed much in over 40 years. We're going to break this down into pretty basic concepts to just make sure we understand that's happening in our car.

imageThe purpose of the battery is to act as a storage location for voltage. All electrical items in the car, such as the headlights, computers, radio, A/C blower fan, cigarette lighters ... everything draws voltage from that storage tank.

imageThe battery is basically a 12-volt storage device made up of 6 2-volt cells. Most computer systems in your car require at least 10.5V at all time to perform correctly. If one of the six cells quits working, you've now gone from roughly 12V to 10V...not quit enough to power the car's electronics all at once.

If the battery is "dead", it does not necessarily mean that there is anything wrong with it. It is just depleted of its charge. It may be brought back to life by recharging it with a battery charger, or by running the engine so that the alternator can charge it.

imageThe purpose of the alternator is to generate electrical voltage with the engine running to keep the battery to the correct amount of voltage. It will usually charge the system at 13.5 - 14.5V to make sure there's plenty of electrical charge in the battery.

If the alternator quit charging, the battery's charge would soon be depleted, leaving the car with a "dead battery." If the battery is weak and the alternator is not working, the engine may not have enough electrical current to fire the spark plugs, so the engine will stop running.

imageOften times, there's little or no warning on these cars before they just don't start the next time. 

Don't get caught unawares! Let us checkout your charging system today and make sure your car is ready to get started.