Electrical, Starting and Charging System Repair in Austin, TX, and the Area
Here at Austin’s Automotive Specialists, we understand that dreaded feeling of getting into your car only to find that it won’t start. It can be stressful, especially if you have somewhere to be. If you didn’t leave a light on overnight, you may find yourself wondering if you have a dead car battery, or if there is a different issue with your vehicle. As soon as you experience an electrical or starting issue, get your vehicle into the professionals here at our Austin auto repair shops.
While most drivers may think of a dead battery immediately when their car won’t start, that isn’t always the culprit. Your vehicle actually relies on a number of different components to start up and stay running, including the battery, spark plugs, alternator, and other electrical parts. That is why in order for our ASE certified mechanics to truly understand the cause of the issue, we perform throughout testing which allows us to pinpoint the source of the problem.
Batteries typically only last between 3 to 5 years, so if it has been a while since your last battery replacement, this could be the cause of your start-up problems. However, the battery just gives that initial charge to start up your car. The alternator is the component that helps to create the energy needed to keep the battery charged sufficiently and powers all of the electrical parts in your car such as the radio, lights, and power windows/locks.
If your vehicle has an electrical problem, you may notice one or more of the following symptoms:
- Car won’t start or stay running
- Headlights or interior lights are dim
- Power windows or locks aren’t working
- Radio issues
- Smell of burning plastic or electrical insulation
- Car stalling
- Obvious acid corrosion around battery terminals
As soon as you notice any of the issues listed above, get your vehicle into one of our convenient locations here at Austin’s Automotive Specialists. We have 10 convenient locations in the area, 5 in Austin and additional locations in Buda, Cedar Park, Hutto, Lakeway, and Round Rock.
Your electrical problem could be caused by the battery or alternator, but could also stem from an issue with the starting system. The starter is a critical component along with switching devices, control units, ground cables, sensors, and the starter battery. Failure of any of these components can lead to a no-start situation. You can trust that our experts will determine the precise cause of your issue and get you back on the road in a timely manner.
When you need electrical repair in Austin, TX, bring your vehicle into our nearest location here at Austin’s Automotive Specialists. Give us a call or schedule an appointment online today!