Vehicles today are getting more and more complicated, coming off the lot with more electrical features than ever before. Make sure that you bring your vehicle in for any sign of an issue starting to form. This is important because by noticing a sign early, you can help prevent further issues from happening later on. We can inspect the vehicle for you, and alert you to any sign of an issue. The vehicle should also be brought in on a regular schedule for proper maintenance. There are also some things you may notice between visits with your vehicle. Vehicle lighting, including headlights and taillights, require bulb changes. Some vehicle features may not work due to a blown fuse. Vehicle wiring can be visually inspected to see if there is a short circuit or open circuit causing a failure.

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Fixing the Headlights or Taillights

Headlights, taillights and other lamps on your automobile can have burned out bulbs. There are two things that you need to know in order to replace the bulb. The first is what type of bulb you need. There are industry standards for bulbs, but there are several different types of bulbs. In order to find out what bulb you need for your vehicle, refer to your owner’s manual. It will tell you what bulb number is required for that light. Those bulbs can be purchased at an auto parts store or in some cases, a department store. The second item you need to know is how to gain access to the lamp. This may mean removing some type of fastening device with a screwdriver or socket set. In most cases, the lamps have been designed with easy replacement of bulbs in mind.

Know if a Fuse is Out

Automobile electrical systems are protected from short circuits and other failures by a set of fuses. A vehicle may have one or more fuse panels in different locations in the vehicle. A fuse may be protecting more than one feature on the car. When something stops working and you still have battery power, one of the first items to check is the fuse. After referring to your owner’s manual to find the appropriate fuse for your failure, pull the fuse out and examine the fuse for a failure. An automotive fuse is transparent. If a fuse has been blown, you will see a break in the metal. Replace the fuse. If that fuse also blows, you may have a short in the wiring. You can also bring the vehicle in, and we can inspect the fuse for you.

The Wires should be Inspected

If a fuse is blown, you may have a short in a wiring harness. Without getting electrical testing equipment out, you can inspect the wires for a short or disconnected connector. There are several things to look for when inspecting the wiring. First, look to see if there is an area where the wiring looks worn through from a metal edge. Also look for a trapped wire to see if there is a pinch causing a failure. Anything more involved may require assistance from us.