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Fleet Electrical Maintenance and Repairs

Your fleet vehicle’s electrical system plays an important role in its operation. Rio Grande Automotive’s service technicians can replace dead batteries and troubleshoot problems with lights, starters, and wiring as part of our electrical maintenance and repair services for all Albuquerque fleets.

Don’t ignore electrical issues in your fleet vehicles. They can compromise the safety of your drivers and everyone else on the roadways. Give us a call for any of these fleet electrical maintenance and repair needs today.

Batteries and battery cables for fleet vehicles

Most batteries last between 4 and 5 years in fleet vehicles that are operated under normal conditions. Other factors can shorten the life of your fleet vehicle’s batteries, including extended periods of partial or full discharge, which commonly occurs during frequent short trips. Other factors that affect your fleet vehicle’s batteries include excessive heat or cold and vibrations.

During routine inspections, our service technicians can perform a battery check to determine how your fleet’s batteries are holding up. If we suspect your battery life is nearing an end, we may suggest replacement.

Battery cables for fleet vehicles

Most battery cables last between 50,000 and 100,000 miles depending on how often fleet vehicles are used. Once battery cables become damaged, they must be replaced to ensure your battery can provide an electrical charge to the starter and alternator. Without that transfer of current, your fleet vehicle won’t start.

Signs your fleet vehicle’s battery cables are bad include:

Failure to start or making a clicking noise when trying to start it.

Failure of various electrical components in the fleet vehicle.
Failure to make a good connection with the battery.
Our technicians can test your fleet vehicle’s battery cables with a voltmeter to determine if they need replacing. If corrosion is an issue on the cables, that can sometimes be cleaned off without replacing the cable.

Spark plugs for fleet vehicles

Spark plugs have one role: to ignite the combustion your fleet vehicle needs to start. They do this by emitting a bolt of electricity across a small gap that ignites the fuel and air mixture. If they’ve done their job correctly, spark plugs put the engine’s pistons in motion.

When your spark plugs are going bad in a fleet vehicle, you might notice the following issues:

  • Difficulty accelerating.
  • Engine misfiring.
  • Loud engine.
  • Poor fuel economy.
  • Trouble starting.

Bring your fleet vehicles in for servicing if they’re experiencing any of these symptoms. It might be time for new spark plugs.

Starters and alternators for fleet vehicles

Starters and alternators are the dynamic duos of your fleet vehicle’s electrical system. They’re responsible for converting electrical energy into mechanical energy. In other words, they start your engine so you can drive the vehicle. Alternators charge your fleet vehicle’s battery. Without a fully charged battery, the engine won’t start.

Bad starters can cause a host of issues, including clicking, grinding, and whirring noises when you try to start your fleet vehicle’s engine.

When an alternator fails, sometimes it triggers your fleet vehicle’s battery warning light. Other signs it’s time for a visit with our service technicians include:

Dead battery

Difficulty starting

Dim or overly bright lights

Malfunctioning electrical accessories

It can be difficult to tell when an issue is the starter or the alternator because some of the symptoms can be similar. That’s why diagnosing the problem is best left to our skilled technicians. Give us a call today to schedule your appointment.

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