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Servicing your car electrics
Faulty car electrics can cause more problems for your car than you might think.
Your car uses electricity for its battery, starter, and alternator. So, if you can’t start your car, it’s often due to a problem with your car electrics.
Anything controlled by your car’s central console also relies on electricity to work. Your radio, windows, door locks, and aircon may all be powered by the electrical system. If you experience something as small as a blown fuse, it can significantly impact how your car functions.
Luckily, car electrical faults are pretty common and fully trained car electrical specialists can help you diagnose and repair any issues as quickly as possible.
The best way to keep your electrics working at their best is to get your full annual service, where the system will be thoroughly checked for any underlying issues that might cause you a problem in the future.
The average cost of a car electrician booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £60. If something goes wrong with the electrical system in your car, you’ll need the help of a car electrician to help diagnose and fix any faults. Car electricians provide expert services for your battery, starter, and alternator and anything controlled by your car’s central console. This includes your radio, windows, locks, and aircon.Can include
- Electrical inspection and testing
- Electrical diagnostic
- Electrical services and repairs
- Car electrics inspection
Mobile car electrical specialist
If you cannot drive your car to a garage or find it more convenient to get help from home, a mobile car electrical specialist can visit you. They will inspect and diagnose any electrical faults and perform minor repairs on site. If a more complex electrical issue needs fixing, they will take your car away to be repaired and drop it back at your house when it’s done.Can include
- Home visit
- Mobile electrical inspection and testing
- Mobile electrical diagnostic
- Mobile electrical services and repairs
The average cost of a car electrical diagnostic booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £52.81.
The more complicated part of fixing a problem with your car’s electrical system is figuring out exactly what’s going wrong in the system and where the fault is located. A car electrician will carry out a diagnostics test to pinpoint the exact source of the issue and recommend the appropriate repair.Can include
- Car electrics inspection
- Car electrical fault diagnostic test
The average cost of a parking sensor repair booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £138.78.
Parking sensors are a handy component of modern cars that help you to park safely and effectively. When your parking sensors stop working properly, it’s due to a fault with your car’s electrics. A professional will find the cause of the issue and perform a repair to get your parking sensors working again.Can include
- Electrical inspection and diagnostic
- Parking sensor repair
The average cost of electric car window repairs booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £76.16.
Most modern car windows are controlled by the electrical system, rather than being opened and closed manually. If there’s a fault with the electrics, it can sometimes stop the window button from working. A professional will find the cause of the issue and perform a repair to get your parking sensors working again.Can include
- Electrical inspection and diagnostic
- Electric car window fault repairs
Car battery replacement
The average cost of a car battery replacement booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £181.
Over time, car batteries lose their ability to hold a charge and eventually need to be replaced. If there’s a fault with your car’s electrical system, it can drain your battery quicker than average.Can include
- Car electrics testing and diagnostic
- Car battery removal
- Car battery sourcing
- Car battery fitting
The average cost of a electric car service booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £140.47. Servicing your electric car is the best way to look after and maintain the condition of your vehicle. It’s a thorough inspection of your vehicle, which helps make sure it’s performing at its best. A qualified electric vehicle technician will carry out your service, looking for common faults and reporting back to you on the condition and performance of your electric car.Can include
- Comprehensive electric car inspection
- All MOT checks
- Car oil and fluid top-ups
- Electric battery check
Common signs of car electrical problems
Because your car’s electrics control so many of the components in your vehicle, there are many signs of an issue with the system. The most common problems you might experience include:
Your car won’t start
Your engine won’t crank properly
Your car battery warning light comes on
Your headlights are dimmer than usual
Your radio doesn’t work
You can’t open or close your windows
In most cases, electrical faults are only minor problems caused by a blown fuse. However, sometimes there’s a more severe issue with the system. A trained car electrical specialist will perform a diagnostics test to help you understand what’s going wrong.
How much does an electrical diagnostic cost?
The cost of a car electrical repair depends on the type of car you have and the exact service you need.
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Frequently asked questions
The cost to fix a car’s electrics depends on the problem and the repair needed. The average price of a car electrical fault repair booked on WhoCanFixMyCar is £58.82.
If your car has an electrical fault, you might experience several issues such as struggling to start your car; headlights that are dimming; a radio that won’t turn on; windows that don’t open or close; and doors that won’t lock.
Electrical mechanics specialise in repairing any electrical faults with your vehicle, rather than mechanical ones. Electrical issues include problems with your car battery, starter, alternator, windows, door locks, radio, and aircon.
A blown fuse can stop your car’s electrical system from working. Luckily, replacing the fuse is a quick and easy job for a car electrician.
If you’ve recently had your car battery replaced, but your car still won’t start, it could be down to an electrical fault that is draining power from your battery.
An electrical diagnostic on your car can vary in cost depending on the type of vehicle you have but should cost no more than £100 to carry out.
A service for electric vehicles includes a thorough check of all the car’s components and their condition, including the electric battery and powering system.
If you have failed to maintain your car’s electrical system and have skipped your full service, your insurance won’t cover any repairs to the electrics. However, you should check your insurance policy documents to determine whether you have the right to claim for an electrical fault repair.
Most mechanical and electrical faults are covered under your car’s warranty. Make sure to check your policy documents to understand whether your electric issue is covered under warranty.
If you have any problems with your leased car, it’s essential to get them repaired before returning it. Otherwise, you will be charged for any work that needs to be done to the vehicle.