If the six signs below look or sound familiar, your vehicle may beginning to have starting problems commonly associated with starters or alternators. It is time for some form of auto electrical service. As a lot of vehicle owners have learned from experience, ignoring problems doesn’t fix them, they only get worse! You may up with real car problems ranging from “slow” starts to a car that refuses to start at all.
6 Warnings Signs of auto electrical problems:
1. Dashboard Lights These lights are warnings that something needs immediate attention. Don’t ignore them, hoping they will go off on their own.
2. Strange Sounds If the engine is starting to make strange sounds, schedule an auto electrical service as soon as possible.
3. Burning Smell A burning smell could be caused by over-heating electric connections, indicating a circuit or fuse malfunction.
4. Dim Lights Dimming lights is an indicator of a failing alternator–the car battery can’t keep a charge to run the lighting system.
5. Dead Battery This is especially common during the winter months when lights are on for longer periods of time or if the lights are left on after turning the car off. A simple jump-start should take care of the immediate problem, but don’t forget to have your battery checked. Weak batteries can cause damage to starters and alternators.
6. Electrical Malfunctions — A broken connection or single little wire can lead to a series of electrical malfunctions. A simple auto electrical service, such as reconnecting an on-line fuse or connection can bring life back to your car.
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“According to the Green Car Congress, Southwest Airlines is the latest carrier to experiment with renewable jet fuel. It recently signed an agreement with Red Rock Biofuels to purchase low-carbon fuel made from forest residue. Southwest will buy approximately 3 million gallons of the renewable fuel per year, with the first deliveries expected in 2016 for use in the San Francisco Bay Area. Red Rock Biofuels’ first plant is expected to turn 140,000 tons of the forest residue into 12 million gallons of fuel per year.
KLM Royal Dutch Airlines started using biofuel on flights between New York and Amsterdam last year, while South African Airlines and Boeing plan to test a tobacco-based fuel grown in the airline’s home country. In addition, Boeing is also involved in the development of “green diesel,” which is made by splitting molecules from waste oil and fats with hydrogen. All of these efforts could help lower the airline industry’s overall carbon emissions, which account for 2 percent of the global today. By some projections, that total could rise to 5 percent by 2050.” **
Having problems with starters and alternators? Contact our ASE Certified Technicians at Clausen Automotive by calling (608) 221-8321 or go on-line at http://clausenautomotive.com for more information about auto electrical service. Since 1975, our family-owned auto shop has proudly served vehicle owners in Madison, WI, and the surrounding communities.