What Is a Phantom Drain?

In the case of an automobile, which is where our expertise lies, a phantom drain is a drain in the electrical system that discharges the battery. The reason why it is called a phantom drain is that it is not obvious from where the drain is coming. Unfortunately, when the battery is discharged, it can be difficult if not impossible to start your automobile. A phantom drain is just one sign that your vehicle has an electrical problem. Here are other signs.

Slow/Malfunctioning Accessories

Your vehicle relies on the electrical system to provide power to the power accessories. This includes things such as your power windows and seats, the USB charging ports, the navigation system, and the entertainment system. If any of these components start to slow down or malfunction, they may not be getting enough power from the electrical system.

Dim/Flickering Headlights

In addition, you may also notice that your headlights and the other vehicle lights are dim and/or flickering. This is a sign that they are not getting enough electricity, and the culprit could be a malfunctioning alternator. The opposite can also occur. The lights can get too much electricity and, when this happens, they will be exceptionally bright.

Overheating Electrical System

Unfortunately, if you have too much electricity flowing through the electrical system, it will overheat it. This can happen if the alternator is producing voltage above 14.5 volts. This is the maximum voltage an alternator should produce. You will be able to tell that your electrical system is overheating because you will smell it. You will smell burning wires and burning rubber.

Constant Need to Replace Fuses

A sign that the electrical system is overheating is also a constant need to replace the fuses in your vehicle’s fuse box. This is an indication that electricity is surging through the system and overloading the fuses. Consequently, when the fuses get overloaded, they will blow and need to be replaced.

Illuminated Battery Light

Finally, if the battery light turns on, you have an electrical system problem. The battery light covers more than just the battery. It also covers the alternator and the rest of the electrical system. Drive straight to our shop if the battery light illuminates while you are operating your vehicle.

We are the best auto shop in the area and our certified technicians can repair your electrical problems. Call us today to set up a service appointment that works well with your schedule.

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