Identifying an Electrical Problem That Does Not Include Your Car Battery

If your car hesitates to start, the natural assumption is that it’s because of a weakening or low battery. However, that is not always the case. There are two scenarios that you need to be aware of in order to distinguish between a battery or a starter problem:

  • If a starter drive has begun to wear down or it is not engaging properly, you will hear a grinding noise. The noise is similar to when you mistakenly start the engine while it's running.
  • Smoke coming from anywhere in your car is never good and you should take it very seriously. A typical cause for smoke coming from the electrical supply system usually indicates there is a short circuit or a malfunctioning electrical connection.

If you encounter either of these electrical symptoms, reach out to our auto service experts. The technicians at our Mountain Home service center are highly trained to diagnose your specific situation.



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