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Can a Bad Car Battery Cause Electrical Problems?

A car battery is like the heart of the car and as a human being cannot live without the proper working of their heart similarly, our cars cannot work without their good working battery. The car battery provides electricity to the car for its electrical devices. So as it provides electricity it signifies how important batteries are to the electrical system of the car.

Therefore, yes a bad car battery causes an electrical problem.

Before moving further you should know what are the signals you get if you have electrical problems in your car.

Can a Bad Car Battery Cause Electrical Problems

Signals of Having an Electrical Problem

1. Dim Lightening of your Headlights

If the Headlights of your cars are flickering or getting dimmer in comparison to its usual lightning then there might be some issue with the electrical system. Because headlights and other devices like radio, AC, power windows are part of the electrical system as they take power for themselves through Alternators which is itself a powerhouse of electricity.

2. Cranking Start

Your car battery starts your car by giving quick power to your engine for starting. If your battery does not work well then start will also not be smooth. This tells us that the electrical system is lagging since the battery is also a part of it.

3. Improper Working Battery

If your battery gets dead frequently, it shows there is some problem in the connections of the battery terminal or some parasitic drain and this generates electrical problems.

4. Burst Fuses

The fuse box of your car protects its electrical system from getting excessive high voltage produced current. As it destroys after sometime after protecting the system for a long time it leads to heating up of the electrical system which eventually.

5. A Burning Smell

If some smell of burning plastic comes from your car then there is some heating issue in your car’s electrical wiring. Blowing up of your fuse and hard starting also puts a load on the engine, which creates this smell and makes the electrical system less efficient.

Wear and Tear of the Electrical Cables

Your electrical wires get tears in them as rats eat them or it may be due to heating up of those wires. This affects the electrical system, as badly conditioned wires do not transmit electricity nicely.    

Causes of Electrical Transmission Problems?

Many parts of the cars today require electrical power for having more and advanced facilities in their car in comparison to the older more mechanically dependent cars. As work increases the load on the system also increases which leads to inefficiency, if we keep long time performance in mind.

Here we will talk about the three most important components which are the most important part of the car’s electrical system and things which causes their malfunctioning

1. ALTERNATOR

Malfunctioning of the Alternator due to the loosening of the Alternator belt or tensioner. The alternator gives power to the accessories like AC, radio, power window, and other such electrical devices and recharges the battery in running state for the next use, controlling the engine and its ignition. It rotates to convert AC to DC and buffers the electricity produced by the battery.

Nowadays cars have a huge need for alternators for giving constant power to the radios, Better AC’s and upgraded electrically powered windows, brake, etc. Also, Alternators and batteries are mutually working components, as the battery drains repeatedly and the alternator also loses its efficiency.

Since the Alternator has to manage these many things it starts diminishing its performance after 3-4 years with the over the life span of the battery. Being such an important part of its improper working results in a bad electrical system.

2. BATTERY

Batteries provide electricity to the car for the working of the engine and other electrical devices. Batteries lose their workability after some time of use and they contain six plates placed on each other separated by the insulators, water, and electrolytes (sulphuric acid), as these three components do chemical reactions to generate electricity for the whole car’s electrical system.

By the time, after 3-4 years these ingredients get consumed and in the end, just the main body of the battery is left there. Also, some times if the alternator does not provide buffering, and recharging process of the car properly or quickly dying up of battery due to parasitic drain and Corrosion around the battery terminal leads to its malfunctioning. This ultimately affects the complete electrical system giving many electrical problems to the car.

3. STARTER

The starter is in very little use but the most power-seeking component of the car. The starter is a DC motor that rotates the engine crankshaft through the flywheel. Starter gets direct electricity from the battery after controlling power with the relay operated by the key switch of your car. You can notice it by the slow cranking start of the engine which is there because of loose connections of the battery wires.

FAQ’s

Q1.What should we do to keep our car’s electric system away from any problem?

As we have told you the causes for the crashing of the electric system and the three most important components which are responsible for the working of your electric system. You just have to take care of these three components for keeping your electrical system healthy. Going in detail do follow these things for not facing any electric problem:
1. Take care of your Battery by taking it for testing from time to time.
2. Do not let your battery’s terminals have corrosion.
3. Do not leave the Headlight “ON” in after shutting OFF the engine.
4. Test your Alternator regularly by disconnecting the battery or by using a voltmeter.
5. Do not restart your car repeatedly because it puts a load on the starter.
Any other thing done for the improvement of the Alternator, battery, or starter will keep your electrical system safe and efficient for a longer time.

Q2.Can a bad battery cause problems in the computer engine and how to get signs of these?

The computer engine faces problems if the battery is not in great condition.
Here are some signs which tell that your computer engine has some issues:-
1. The engine light will turn “ON”.
2. Improper transmission.
3. The problem with the computer in the car.
4. Inefficient fuel mileage.

Q3.How do you find an electrical shortage in the car?

You can find an electrical shortage in the car by these following to ways:-
1. Removing loads and disconnecting switches. 
2. Connecting jump wire to the voltage output of the component(Probe the wire section near the load.

1 thought on “Can a Bad Car Battery Cause Electrical Problems?”

  1. I never took into account the fact that a bad battery could be the reason why a car is not starting properly. My colleague told me that this is happening to him for a while now, where it takes him 6 time before it finally works. I should suggest that he visit an auto repair shop that can look into this for him.

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