DIAGNOSTICS & ELECTRICAL SERVICES

The electrical and electronic systems in your vehicle are responsible for routing power and information in order to dictate the behavior of certain systems. The electrical systems are linked by wiring, fuses, circuit breakers, and relays. Loose or broken wiring, poor pin fits, and broken connectors or switches may lead to intermittent power or a completely inoperative system. When you begin experiencing trouble with your electrical and electronic systems, ask yourself these questions: How often does this problem occur, and how long does this problem persist? The more information you are able to provide to our staff during an electrical and electronic systems service, the quicker we will be able to recreate the same conditions, and ultimately hone in on the exact problem.

DASHBOARD WARNING LIGHT DIAGNOSTIC

The dashboard warning system is an effective tool that alerts you to one or more problems with your vehicle. Dashboard warning lights, or indicator lights, appear in the instrument cluster. Depending upon your vehicle, a warning may appear as either text, a symbol, or both. Generally, symbols are universal or very similar in appearance across different makes and models of vehicles. If you are unfamiliar with the symbol, you can consult your owners manual for its meaning. In many modern vehicles, dashboard warnings are color-coded. Yellow, orange, and red generally tell motorists to seek service shortly. When the text or symbol flashes, drivers should seek service immediately. Green and blue alerts also exist, and these are intended as informational pop-ups meant to inform you that something is in operation. Dashboard indicator lights exist for oil, tire pressure, lights, brakes, and more.

ENGINE DIAGNOSTICS

The OBD System, or On-Board Diagnostics System, was originally installed to monitor vehicle emissions, but it also detects problems within the engine. Both OBD I and OBD II systems exist, with OBD II systems becoming the standard in vehicles manufactured after 1996. The OBD is connected to the engine control unit (ECU), which helps your engine run efficiently while keeping emissions low. The OBD can identify and warn the driver of engine malfunction by sending error notifications to the ECU system. The ECU is in charge of several engine processes, including the mixture of air and fuel, emissions, and engine timing. The ECU uses sensors to monitor them or make adjustments. If the ECU detects malfunctions, it triggers the “check engine” light on the dashboard. The OBD system then records the code pertaining to the problem. The code can be accessed by a trained technician through engine diagnostic equipment in order to properly diagnose the issue.

POWER LOCKS REPAIR

Since being introduced in 1914, power door locks have increased convenience and safety for drivers and passengers. Doors equipped with power locks may respond to multiple control methods. In many modern cars, a driver need only push a button on a vehicle’s remote key fob to lock or unlock all of its doors at once. In addition, this central locking system can often be switched on or off from buttons located in the front of the vehicle near the driver and passenger side. Vehicle locks are especially useful when multiple passengers need access to a vehicle at one time. They also provide safety, allowing drivers and passengers to quickly secure themselves inside the vehicle. For these reasons, power locks continue to serve as a standard feature in many vehicles today.

SUNROOF REPAIR

The sunroof is a horizontal panel, usually made of glass, located on a vehicle’s roof. Primarily, sunroofs provide personal enjoyment. They allow air into a vehicle on hot days and provide motorists with a view of the sky. While power sunroofs and side windows serve similar functions, power sunroofs are ultimately more complex than windows. Whereas windows rely upon a strict vertical motion, power sunroofs often need to move both vertically and horizontally. Depending upon the vehicle, a sunroof may be controlled manually or automatically. For electronically powered sunroofs, drivers often need only press or hold a button to open and close them. Some power sunroofs also operate from the turn of a key or the press of a button on the key fob. While convenient, sunroofs are not incapable of failure. Power sunroofs can become inoperable or leak over time. In such cases, it is advisable that drivers seek sunroof repair services.

POWER WINDOW REPAIR

Introduced in 1940, power windows have become a common feature in many modern cars, trucks, and SUVs. Unlike older window systems which require occupants to manually turn a crank to raise or lower windows, power windows are controlled with the simple push of a button or flip of a switch. Because power windows rely on electricity to work, most are inoperable once a vehicle stops running. However, some power windows feature a time delay that allows drivers and passengers to continue operating the windows for a short amount of time after the engine stops. Because power windows are easy to trigger, most vehicles also feature a safety lock that drivers can use to prevent other passengers, such as small children, from erroneously opening or closing the windows. Overall, power windows are a convenient feature that many motorists enjoy.

STARTING & CHARGING SYSTEM CHECK

The starting and charging system is responsible for getting an engine to run and for keeping different components charged. The starting system involves a number of parts, including the ignition switch, starter, and flywheel. Using energy from the battery, the starter uses a gear to interact with the engine. Without a starter, an engine would be inoperable. The charging system, which includes the battery, alternator, and voltage regulator, play an equally important role. The battery is needed to send electricity to the starter. The alternator powers all the electrical components by generating electrical currents, and the voltage regulator ensures that the output of the alternator does not over- or under-charge the components dependent on the electrical current. Together, the starting and charging systems interact with one-another to keep a vehicle operating for its driver.

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