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Reboot: Quick Tip for Fixing Electrical Problems

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It wasn’t that long ago that cars were designed with a basic electrical system. Wiring, fuses, and relays helped power basic things light lights, dashboard messages, and the radio. And there are still a lot of older cars on the road that don’t have any more bells and whistles than this.

car electrical systems, auto electrical problemsBut the vast majority of cars on the road today have a much more complex electrical system to power things like DVD players, automatic controls for doors and windows, navigation systems, mobile devices, and satellite radio.

And dashboard messaging is no longer limited to letting you know the emergency brake is on or flashing you with the dreaded “Check Engine” light. Now many cars are designed to monitor tire pressure in all four tires, let you know if a door is open, track the temperature inside and out, and much more.

With a greater demand for features powered by electricity in your car, there’s a greater chance for something to go wrong. And it does from time to time. Ever get a dashboard message you don’t recognize, and have to break out the owner’s manual or look it up online? It happens.

Diagnostic Tools Can Help Identify Electrical Problems

Then what? When we service cars with electrical problems, one of the first things we do is connect the car’s computer to our diagnostic tools. In a few minutes, our tools can gather a lot of information about your car and help identify potential problems, both electrical and mechanical.

Sometimes the solution to an electrical problem is pretty straightforward. Replace a fuse or sensor. Change out a relay. Replace wiring damaged by corrosion or worn out over time.

How to Reboot Your Car’s Electrical System

But is it always that way? No. In fact, we sometimes resort to using a technique that’s a lot like hitting Ctrl+alt+delete when your computer starts acting up. Giving your car a reboot can sometimes correct electrical problems. And it’s easy. Disconnect the battery from both terminals, touch them together, wait five minutes, and then reconnect.

In many cases it helps get that electrical problem unstuck, a lot like rebooting your computer or resetting a wireless router to get your Internet signal working again.

Have an electrical problem that you don’t know how to fix? Try giving your car a reboot. Or bring your car in and we’ll take a look. Click here to schedule an appointment, call us at 515-243-8185, or stop by at 901-8th Street in Des Moines.

The 2013 Land Rover Range Rover

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Attention, Des Moines Land Rover owners! Are you looking to drop some weight this year?  We have some  great news for you!

The 2013 Land Rover Range Rover is the first all-aluminum SUV. And, because of this, it is 700 lbs. lighter.  Changes in the auto industry have become more focused around increasing fuel economy. The government has placed regulations on the weight of vehicles on the road and has pushed to make all vehicles more fuel-efficient, and Land Rover has answered that challenge.

The size of the 2013 Range Rover has not changed, which has raised consumer curiosity. The 5.0-liter V8 or eight-speed automatic transmission will offer an EPA-rated 14 mpg. It also offers rear-passenger leg room of an additional 4.7 inches.

Before you purchase your new 2013 Land Rover Range Rover, have the team at Beckley Imports take a look. They can do a pre-purchase inspection. Let the European import professionals save you time and money before you buy. We can’t wait to see your Range Rover.