How to Maintain Your Vehicle

Understanding Auto Electricians

Your vehicle has electrical and lighting components, as well as wiring and computer-based systems. These components need to be installed, checked for faults, maintained, repaired or replaced regularly; this sums up the work of an auto electrician. Don't confuse your mechanic with an auto electrician — some mechanics may have auto electrician skills, but others may not. The same goes for auto electricians — some auto electricians may have a mechanic's skills, but others may not. Here are the different services you might require from an auto electrician.


Your vehicle may already come with all the electrical accessories it requires for its standard use. For a standard car, this may include both external and internal lighting, reverse camera, LCD and music system, reverse sound, alarm system,  computer system, etc.

Sometimes you may need to install additional LCD screens, a music system, fog lights, aesthetic lighting, etc. If this is the case, you need to hire an auto electrician who specialises in the particular system or lighting you want to install.

The cost of the installation process depends on what it is you are installing, its value and whether or not its installation involves a complex procedure. Quality electrical components are usually pricey, so you might need to save up.

Inspection and Maintenance

If you know what you are looking for, you can easily check for signs of electrical issues. These can be blown bulbs (headlights, indicators, brake lights and reverse lights), indicators that flicker fast, the dashboard ABS (automatic braking system) light, etc. Just to be sure that when you go for service, you can also have an auto electrician inspect your car.

Sometimes, your headlights tend to fog from the inside; you can have this mist removed to make them more clear. Other times, due to aging, the glass of the headlights can start fading. Try and replace them when they are too faded. This might not be an electrical issue, but it can affect your car's lighting by dimming it.

Repair and Replacement

Blown bulbs, ABS indicator lights, faulty LCD screens and music systems need to be repaired or replaced. Don't try DIY repair or replacement of car electrical faults because most of the time inexperienced individuals make the problem worse. Get a competent and professional auto electrician to fix the problems for you.

When you are having your vehicle washed, especially the interior and under the hood, it is recommended to get someone who knows what they are doing. If you have LCD screens, you don't want water getting into them. In the case of under the hood, if you can avoid water, that's good. Use pressurised air instead.

To learn more, contact an auto electrician.