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The starting and charging system is one that sounds simple, but involves many components. This system is vital to your vehicle being a dependable method of transportation, therefore, it should be inspected regularly. Many problems can be diagnosed before they are issues that leave you on the side of the road with a vehicle that won’t start. Here are some items to think about as you have your vehicle prepared for a long trip or for extreme weather conditions:

  • Battery/alternator/starter tests
  • Draw test
  • No start diagnosis
  • Battery – trays, boxes, alternator
  • Starter
  • Voltage regulators
  • Trailer wiring
  • Remoter battery
  • Starter solenoids

There are other systems depending on the vehicle that are part of the starting and charging system. A great example is a Honda we worked on recently. The vehicle would intermittently do nothing when trying to start (only dash lights would light up, not clicking or anything else). As soon as this happened we checked the vehicle and found the starter to be bad. This process of testing the vehicle before being left sitting saved time, the headache of being stuck somewhere waiting for a tow truck, a potential safety issue for the children and money not spent on a tow. Preventative maintenance is the best way to save money and help avoid issues that may cause you to be stranded or have multiple issues at once that become unaffordable.