Bob Howard Acura can help you identify why your car lights are flickering.
If you see your car lights flickering while driving, it’s likely because of a dying battery. In the case when it’s not the battery, there are other trouble areas that could be causing the issue. Whether it’s your battery or something else, you should have the problem diagnosed and repaired as quickly as possible. When your car lights aren’t functioning properly, you could become a hazard to yourself and other drivers.
Flickering car lights mostly happen in three places:
Since the battery is the easiest part to diagnose, this is where a mechanic will look first. If the battery is dying, bring it here so we can diagnose the problem and get the right parts for your vehicle. While there are cases that result from a dying battery, there are other culprits to consider.
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If the vehicle battery isn’t the cause of your flickering car lights, you might be looking at a dying bulb or a bad fuse. Light bulbs are an easy fix and present an opportunity to upgrade to new energy-efficient LED bulbs.
If your vehicle has a bad fuse, you could be looking at a more significant issue since fuses are a safety feature on your vehicle. A fuse dies when there is excess electricity flowing through it. As an example, if your anti-lock brakes are installed with a 10amp fuse, and the brake system gets more than 10amps of electricity, the fuse will fail. In this example, this could also cause your anti-lock brakes to fail. If you have a fuse that regularly fails, bring your car in so we can thoroughly diagnose the bigger, potentially more dangerous issue.
Flickering lights could also be signs that your alternator is going bad. Think of it like this, you start your vehicle with battery power, but to keep your vehicle running, the power comes from the alternator. If you own an older car with halogen lights, you may notice them get dimmer with a dying alternator. On new cars equipped with LED or HID lights, they may flicker or just stop functioning altogether.
A dying light switch, either the interior dimmer or the headlight switch knob, also needs to be checked out if you have flickering lights on your vehicle. In some rare situations, just replacing a worn switch may solve the issue, especially in older cars or vehicles with excessive wear. If your car doesn’t fall into either category, it could be symptoms of a bigger issue with the electrical system.
Understanding these problems can be overwhelming, so if you see any problems with the lights flickering on your vehicle, bring it in immediately. Our technicians will do a thorough investigation and give you options for fixing the flickering lights.
Bob Howard Acura is an ideal place to get vehicle service in the Oklahoma City area. We happily service all vehicle makes and models. One of our factory-trained technicians will inspect your car or truck to determine if there are any needed repairs and will suggest the best resolution for you and your vehicle. Schedule your car or SUV service online or in person today.