Iowa City Tire and Service offer electrical system repairs in Iowa City, IA
A vehicle’s dependability relies heavily on a properly working electrical system and Iowa City Tire and Serivce is here to ensure that it functions at its peak performance. There are four main components in an automobile’s electrical system:
TheBattery provides the necessary energy to start the engine. It has an average life span of five to six years depending on its use and how well it is maintained.
TheAlternator takes over after the engine has started and generates power for the electrical system while recharging the battery. The alternator also powers all of the vehicle’s accessories including all of the lights, the radio and the computer.
The Starter converts electrical energy into mechanical energy that is used to turn and start the engine. As a general rule, the starter should be tested every spring to make sure it is operating as intended without drawing an improper amount of current.
The Wiring is used to channel electricity from the battery to the starter, the alternator to the accessories and the alternator back to the battery. These large wires transmit hundreds of amperes during cranking.
Here are a few things you can do to help prevent an electrical system failure and extend its functionality:
Always make sure the battery is clean and corrosion free.
Turn off the radio and any other accessory when the vehicle is not running.
When replacing a battery, make sure it is the same size, shape and amperage as the original.
If the vehicle requires a “jump start”, use a vehicle with the same or lower voltage.
Have the battery tested at least every other oil change.
If you experience any trouble with your vehicle’s electrical system and need a professional opinion, please don’t hesitate to call us. We will provide you with qualified service and repair. Contact us today!