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The Effects of Weather on Your Vehicle’s Auto Electrics

In the diverse and often extreme climate of Perth, understanding the impact of temperature on your car’s electrical system is crucial. As experienced auto electricians, we cater to Perth drivers who face unique challenges in maintaining their vehicles’ auto electrical systems during scorching summers and cooler winters. Whether braving the scorching summers or navigating cooler winters, Perth drivers face unique challenges when it comes to maintaining their vehicles’ auto electrical systems. Below, we will explore how temperature affects your vehicle’s electrical system, and how a skilled car electrician near you, such as Chamberlain’s Auto Electrical, can assist. Understanding Your Vehicle’s Electrical System: Before diving into the effects of temperature, it’s essential to understand the basics of your vehicle’s electrical system. Your vehicle’s auto electrical system powers everything from the ignition that starts your car, the fuel system that keeps it running, to your headlights and air conditioning that make your drive an easier and more pleasant experience. These systems are run using things such as the vehicle’s battery, alternator, and various electrical circuits.  Impact of Heat: Battery Life and Efficiency: High temperatures can significantly shorten your car’s battery’s lifespan. Heat accelerates chemical reactions inside the battery, potentially leading to overcharging, which can then deplete battery health. Fluid Evaporation: Excessive heat can cause the evaporation of vital fluids within the battery, affecting its performance and longevity. Air Conditioning Overload: Australian summers put extra demand on your vehicle’s air conditioning, increasing the load on the electrical system. The extra use of your air conditioning in the summer can also result in the Air-Con running low on gas, requiring a re-gas.  Component Failure: Heat can cause electrical systems in your car to fail due to increased usage as the components work harder to produce the same output, resulting in important components such as your vehicle’s alternator or starter motor failing should they not be maintained properly.  Cold Weather Challenges: Battery Power: Cold temperatures can result in reduced battery capacity, making it harder to start your engine. Thickening Fluids: In colder temperatures, fluids like engine oil can thicken, placing additional strain on your vehicle’s battery and starter motor. Electrical Resistance: Cold can increase electrical resistance and decrease the efficiency of charging systems and electrical circuits. Preventative Measures and Maintenance Tips: Regular Battery Checks: Schedule regular battery inspections, especially before the onset of extreme seasons. If you require a new battery for your car or truck, the experienced professionals at Chamberlain Auto Electrics are here to assist.  Starter Motor: Should your battery be fine, but your vehicle is unable to start, the issue could be the starter motor. If you notice a ticking sound during your car’s startup, this is a clear indicator that your starter motor may require repair or replacement. Keeping Fluids Topped Up: Ensure all fluids, such as your engine coolant, are at optimal levels and consider using products suited for extreme temperatures. System Check-Ups: Regularly schedule an inspection of your car’s charging system, including the alternator and starter motor.  At Chamberlain’s Auto Electrics, we understand the challenges that changing weather conditions can pose to your vehicle. That’s why we offer specialised Perth Auto Electrical maintenance services to ensure your vehicle remains in peak condition, no matter the weather. The team at Chamberlain’s can come to you thanks to our mobile auto electrician services, whether you are based in the northern or southern Perth suburbs. If your car has recently experienced battery, air conditioning, starter, or auto electrical issues, contact our team for assistance. 

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The Benefits of Using High-Quality Electrical Parts in Your Vehicle

Using high-quality auto electrical parts in your vehicle is crucial to ensure its reliable and safe operation, and the safety of you and your loved ones. Inferior electrical parts can lead to a range of problems, including short circuits, power outages, and even dangerous fires. Professional Auto Electricians such as Chamberlain’s Auto Electrics only use tested and trusted parts.  Here are some of the reasons why you should use an auto sparky that used only the highest-quality electrical parts in your vehicle. High-quality electrical parts such as car batteries and lights are designed to meet strict safety standards, ensuring your vehicle’s electrical system operates reliably and safely. This helps to reduce the risk of electrical malfunctions, breakdowns, and electrical fires. Improved Reliability  The finest electrical parts are engineered to last longer and perform better than lower-quality alternatives. This helps to increase the reliability of your vehicle’s electrical system and reduce the likelihood of breakdowns and repairs, which not only could cost you more money, but keep you off the road.  Enhanced Performance High-quality electrical components are designed to provide optimal performance, ensuring that your vehicle’s electrical system operates at peak efficiency. This helps to maximize fuel efficiency (which saves you money), improve the overall performance of your vehicle, and are environmentally more efficient.  Cost Savings  Whilst high-quality electrical parts may cost more initially, they can save you money in the long run. This is because they are designed to last longer and perform better, reducing the need for frequent repairs and replacements. Increased Resale Value  Vehicles equipped with superior parts are more desirable to potential buyers, as they provide increased reliability and safety. This can help to increase the resale value of your vehicle and provide you with a better return on your investment. Some of the High-Quality Electrical Accessories we stock and fit include: Car Batteries, Truck Batteries, Boat Batteries and Tractor Batteries.  Starter Motors Alternators Lights Auxiliary Battery Systems for 4wds Electric Brakes Stereos Car Alarm Systems Central Locking Wiring and much more.  Investing in high-quality electrical parts such as those installed by Chamberlain’s is a wise decision that will help ensure your vehicle’s reliability, safety, and performance, while also helping reduce the likelihood of costly repairs and breakdowns. With over 40 years of experience working on anything from cars to trucks and even boats, Chamberlains Auto Electrics should be your next choice when you are after a Perth auto-electrician that uses high-quality parts. Serving both the North and Southern suburbs of Perth, see how we can help you today!

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How Do Electric Brake Controllers Work?

Summer is just around the corner, and soon enough we will all be back on the road exploring our beautiful country. Before you go on your next adventure and attach your trailer, caravan, or boat to the rear of your car, it is worth understanding how your electric brakes (through the use of an electric brake controller) work, and why it is so essential for your and your family’s safety to have an expertly installed electric brake controller. At Chamberlain’s Auto Electrics, we recognise how intimidating the idea of installing an electric braking system on your trailer or caravan can be if you’ve never been told how they work. It’s also something you want to get right because even one installation mistake can have disastrous consequences. Why are electric brake controllers necessary?  Your car’s brakes are designed to bring your vehicle to a stop. Unfortunately, when being constructed, they aren’t always designed with the consideration of towed vehicles in mind. Because of this, braking with a load could result in the load forcing your vehicle to turn or move when engaging the brakes if there is nothing telling the brakes to engage. For this reason, it is pivotal to consider the practical purpose of an electric brake controller.  Australian road rules require all trailers that have a gross mass of over 750kg to have a braking system fitted to at least one axle of the trailer, whilst trailers that have a mass exceeding 2 tonnes are required to have an electric brake system installed on all wheels of the trailer. Because of these requirements, the installation of a brake controller communicating from the vehicle to the trailer is vital.  How do electric brakes work? Electric brakes work through a connection from your trailer/boat/caravan to your vehicle. When you brake in your car, the electric brake controller sends a signal to the towed vehicle to activate its brakes through electromagnets.  The brakes’ engagement and operation will be controlled by the brake controller box. There are primarily two types of controller boxes available today: Time-activated brake controllers work by applying maximum brake pressure over a set time period of time, which usually lasts two to three seconds. Proportional brake controllers apply pressure to the trailer or caravan brakes in proportion to the deceleration of the vehicle. In windy or wet weather, particularly in hilly terrain, proportional systems handle much easier. They are effectively following the driver’s lead since they use the vehicle’s deceleration to estimate how much pressure is appropriate, slowing down your vehicle and trailer in a safer manner.  Here at Chamberlains Auto Electrics, we understand the importance of electric brake controllers and only install the highest quality Redarc Tow controllers. These electric brake controllers feature active calibration, allowing the system to monitor the direction of travel.  Are you not sure what electric brake controller will work best for your vehicle, or your accompanying boat, trailer, or caravan? Talk to the experts at Chamberlain’s Auto Electrics.

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Why You Should Use a Mobile Auto Electrician

We understand that your vehicle is important to you. Without your vehicle, you might not be able to work, take the kids to school, or complete the daily tasks you must do. That’s why should you have any auto electrical needs, you should utilise the services of a mobile auto electrician, offering greater convenience, and service and saving you money. Keep reading to see how!

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Top 5 Auto Electrical Faults in Automotives

Here at Chamberlain’s Auto Electrics, we pride ourselves on ensuring we get our customers’ vehicles on the road as soon as possible. However, you may occasionally experience vehicle electrical problems while driving or even in your driveway. That is why we have compiled a handy list below of some common auto electrical faults, and how you can diagnose them early, allowing us to ensure your vehicle stays on the road. A Dead Battery Your car’s battery is vital for the operation of your vehicle and is the biggest auto electrical fault with vehicles. If your car’s battery is faulty you will be unable to start your vehicle. The biggest sign that your car’s battery is not working is that your engine will be unable to turn over when you turn your key.  There could be a variety of reasons for this. The battery could be dead, or the battery was unable to recharge. It could be you left your lights on or the door open draining the battery overnight. Sometimes a jump start will get your battery working again if it’s just flat. However, if the battery is dead completely it will need replacing.  A Bad Alternator Your car’s battery could be failing due to your automotive’s alternator malfunctioning preventing the battery from recharging. Your vehicle’s alternator can be found near your front engine and produces the AC power necessary to keep your car’s electrical components and battery running whilst the vehicle is on.  Apart from a dead battery, another common sign of alternator trouble is your car losing power causing lights to flicker on the dashboard of your vehicle. Other signs of a faulty alternator are strange noises coming from the hood of your car, or unpleasant smells due to the alternator overheating. The alternator can be repaired, or may need replacing. This can be determined through the use of diagnostic tools.  Faulty Starter Motor Your Automotives starter motor is responsible for giving the vehicle the crank it requires to start. If your starter motor is faulty you may be unable to start your car, leaving you stranded.  That’s why is crucial to get your starter motor fixed as soon as you notice any issues. The main sign that you might have a faulty starter motor is a clicking noise coming from your car when you turn the key. Causes can be faulty batteries, battery cables and terminals, which is why it’s important to get any of those issues fixed to ensure your starter motor keeps running.  A Blown Fuse Fuses are a pivotal part of any electrical system, whether that be at home, or your car. They are important in protecting the wiring and electrical components of your car from receiving too much power, with a little wire in the fuse blowing instead of your components themselves, such as your USB plugs.  Usually replacing a fuse is simple and often doesn’t cost much at all. However, you might be finding a fuse in your automotive is regularly blowing. This is a sign of something more sinister in your car and is when you should contact an expert like Chamberlain’s Auto Electrics.  Faulty and loose Wires  Your automotive has many different wires running through it powering everything from your radio, to your brake lights. If parts of your car aren’t working after you’ve replaced them it’s often a sign that something is wrong with the wiring in your car.  It is important to diagnose and fix any wiring issues as soon as you identify them, as leaving them can result in the component they power breaking to a stage where it has to be replaced. The cause could be many things including a burnt-out or loose wire. If you are located in Perth or the surrounding areas and your car, truck, or even earth mover is experiencing any of the above-listed faults, or you are having any other issues then contact Chamberlain’s Auto Electrics and Air Conditioning. We have skilled mobile mechanics that can come to you with diagnostic equipment so we can fix your vehicle’s auto electrical faults, getting you back on the road in no time.

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4 Signs Your Car Battery Needs an Auto Electrician

Car batteries don’t typically have the same lifespan as a vehicle and often need to be replaced or repaired. Here are some of the main reasons your car battery or truck battery needs the expertise of Chamberlain’s Auto Electrics and Air Conditioning. Old or Outdated Batteries All automotive batteries have a finite lifespan, after which they begin to degrade and no will longer hold a charge as well as they once did. Every automotive battery will fail at some point and this usually occurs while the vehicle is still operating well. Many batteries also fail before reaching their life expectancy for different reasons and should be replaced. Chamberlains Auto Electricians can determine the age and potential life span of your battery and can also replace old and outdated ones.  Dirty Terminals Some automobiles acquire a build-up of green-blue powder on the battery, battery connections, and, in the worst-case scenario, the battery box itself. This may have an impact on the battery’s performance. Whatever the reason for this build-up, it can be removed by an auto electrician to ensure it doesn’t impair the ability of the charge to be transmitted from the battery to the vehicle.  Swollen or Odorous Battery A bloated or bulging battery indicates that one or more cells in the battery have collapsed and will need to be replaced soon. And if the car battery smells like rotten eggs and is hot do not touch it. This odour indicates that the battery’s cells have collapsed, and any spark might cause it to explode. In cases like this, it is best to call an Auto Electrician like Chamberlain’s. Flat Batteries or Charging Issues How often you drive and long for can have an effect on your battery’s charge. You must also make sure that your battery terminals, posts, and lugs are clean and connected to the battery properly. Running too many accessories attached, such as a refrigerator, a laptop, or a phone charger, will also deplete the battery faster than usual. It could also be possible that your alternator isn’t charging properly. In these cases, an auto electrician like Chamberlain’s can assist you, in diagnosing and fixing the problem.

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Why Call a Mobile Auto Electrician?

Each day hundreds of Western Australians suffer from an unexpected vehicle breakdown, whether it be while out and about or at home. It makes sense as, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS), the average age of vehicles registered in Australia has now increased to 10.6 years old [1]. Breakdowns can occur for a number of reasons for example due to flat/faulty batteries, damaged/malfunctioning alternators, fatigued starters, blown electrical fuses, failed spark plugs, fuel issues and a host of other issues. At Chamberlain’s Auto Electrics, we understand just how much of a hassle it can be when you have an issue with your car’s electronics which is keeping you from going from A to B. Then there’s also the challenge of organising and simply getting your car into a nearby workshop. That’s why we provide a mobile auto electrician service across Perth and its surrounds! Our team of mobile auto electricians are highly qualified, skilled and experienced and will always arrive in our easy to spot Chamberlain’s Auto Electrics vans and uniform. Our vans are equipped with all of the necessary tools and equipment needed for our team to quickly diagnose auto electrics problems as well as conduct efficient repairs and replacements. If you’ve had a breakdown and need some help from a mobile auto electrician, give us a call on (08) 9362 6772. Our business hours are Monday to Friday 7:30 am to 4:30 pm.

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Tips to Prevent Alternator Problems in Winter

Winter is notoriously taxing for your vehicle’s charging system. Perhaps you’ve noticed the telltale signs of a problem: dimming headlights, a difficult start, or that “click, click, click” with no start at all. Batteries receive the most attention of the charging components, but what about the less talked about parts of the system? What cold weather alternator issues should you be aware of this winter? It takes battery power to start your car, but once you’re moving, the engine drives the alternator via a belt and pulley system. The alternator, in turn, keeps the battery charged by supplying it with regulated current. Alternators are mini generators that produce an alternating current (AC) current that must be converted to direct current (DC) by a rectifier or it will damage onboard electrical components and the battery itself. You won’t get very far without an alternator, so pay attention to warning signs of failure such as dimming lights (especially when running other components), a dashboard warning, or a weak or dead battery. The resistance of cold, thick oil causes problems for your battery in cold weather, requiring it to provide more juice to overcome the internal resistance. On a normal day, the alternator requires about 20 minutes of driving to fully recharge the battery; however, on a cold day, it may require more time to compensate for the initial high energy draw. One thing to keep in mind here is that when you’re warming up your car, give it a little rev, as some alternators require this extra jolt to start the charging process. How do you know if you have a battery or alternator problem? Because there is a large margin of error when disconnecting wires on your own, the only surefire way is to give us a call at Chamberlains! If the alternator failure is due to a slipping belt, it is simple to tighten; however, if your problem is more than just a winter problem, bring your car to our workshop — or risk having to pay to have it towed there later. At Chamberlains Auto Electrics, we offer free battery and alternator checks with the latest diagnostic tools to quickly assess your vehicle. We are experts in the field of car alternators! We supply and install units to suit most vehicles and take great pride in rebuilding alternators. Give us a call today or book in a service!

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Corona Virus (COVID-19) Notice

The health and safety of our staff and customers is very important to us. Therefore, Chamberlain Auto Electrics is closely following advice from authorities regarding how we should deal with COVID-19. We request all customers who have come into contact with friends, family or others who have travelled to China, Iran, South Korea or Italy in the last 14 days to not attend Chamberlain Auto Electrics for at least 14 days. If you have travelled internationally in the last 14 days we strongly recommend you monitor your symptoms closely and consider avoiding our staff for at least 14 days. Also in keeping a safe, healthy environment for all our staff and customers we ask you to please reschedule or delay any bookings if you are feeling generally unwell. We are more than happy to rebook for you at a later date. If any of our customers do present with any flu like symptoms or fever, please do not be offended by our statement. Thank you for your understanding and support. Chamberlain Auto Electrics

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