Auto Electrical Repair & Maintenance
Comprehensive Auto Electrical Repair and Maintenance Services
Have a dead battery? Misfiring starter or alternator? For all of your auto electric repair and maintenance needs, come to Ted's Auto Clinic Inc. in Chicago, IL 60634. We service your vehicle with care, providing a high level of workmanship you can trust.
Our auto electrical repair and maintenance services include:
The battery supplies electric energy to the starter motor. If you need to jump-start your vehicle in the morning, your battery could be failing. When a battery starts deteriorating, our advanced diagnostic equipment can determine whether it requires replacement or a charge. If you are having issues with your car battery, contact Ted's Auto Clinic Inc. in Chicago, IL. We provide a convenient battery testing and replacement service to get you back on the road. Battery replacement, charging, installation, testing, and recycling - we handle it all.
A starter is a motor that rotates the internal combustion engine to initiate the engine's operation. Starters are important parts of your car's engine and their failure would translate to your car not starting. When your car's starter develops problems, seek expert help. At Ted's Auto Clinic Inc., we have experts who can handle all your starter needs to get you back on the road - quickly. Visit Ted's Auto Clinic Inc. today.
Your car's alternator keeps the battery charged and the electrical components of the vehicle going when the vehicle is running. Some vehicles will start with a faulty alternator, but if you see a charging system warning on your instrument cluster your car may leave you stranded. Trust the experts at Ted's Auto Clinic to perform a complete electrical system check in order to determine if the alternator is generating the right amount of current and voltage.
What are mistakes made when jumping a car?
Mixing up negative and positive cables is the most common mistake. When you mix up the negative and positive cable it ruins your car's alternator. Just remember black to negative and red to positive. Other common mistakes are using cheap cables that don't conduct properly, letting the cables swing and become detached, touching the clips together, and ignoring cracks in your battery or dirty battery terminals.
What should I be careful of when changing a car battery?
It may sound obvious but be sure that you do not drop the battery. Be careful not to let the tools touch both the negative and positive terminals simultaneously, as it could create a spark, cause the battery to short out, or even damage the vehicle's electrical components.
Make sure to separate the cables to the side so that they don't touch the battery until it is in place. Attach the negative cable first and then the positive cable. If have any doubts while you are trying to change your battery you should always call in an expert.
How do I replace my car battery without losing car memory?
Use a car memory saver or other secondary power source. If you don't own a car memory saver, come to Ted's Auto Clinic Inc. and we can do this process for you. First, make sure to turn off your car before you unplug the battery. Next, plug the car memory saver into the cigarette lighter or the OBD2 connector. Remove the old battery and install the new battery and attach the connectors. Finally, unplug the memory saver from the car.
Why is my engine stalling after replacing my car battery?
If your car lost battery power completely then your car's computer system may have lost valuable information to regulate engine performance causing it to stall even after you replace the battery.
However, the car's system will quickly collect new data and engine performance should return to normal. In some case you may need to have the throttle body, or your idle air control valve cleaned out as carbon deposits can build up inside these parts, pushing them beyond the computer's ability to regulate engine performance.
Car Starting FAQs
How do I unlock my steering wheel?
Place your foot on the brake and turn the wheel in the direction in which it has a little range of motion. This should ease the tension in the steering column and allow you to turn the key. Turning the key unlocks the steering wheel. Do not try to unlock your steering wheel without a key or if the battery is dead. This should only be done by a professional auto repair technician.
How do I change my keyless entry remote battery?This should work for most remotes:
- Remove the metal blade key from the remote.
- Use a standard (flat head) screwdriver to gently pry open the fob
- Remove the battery. It is usually a small round lithium watch battery.
- Insert a new battery
- Snap the key fob back together
- Insert the metal blade key into the fob.
What does a dead starter sound like?
Clicking noises upon turning the key are a classic sign of starter failure. However, this isn't the only clue. A dying starter might remain completely silent or offer subtle warnings through whirring or grinding sounds before finally giving up the ghost.
Why won't my car start?
The most common reason why a car will not start is a bad or dead battery. However, there are several other possibilities too. If you are having trouble getting your vehicle started, give Ted's Auto Clinic Inc. a call at 773-625-7360. Our auto repair professionals will try to help you diagnose the issue, which could be one of these problems:
- Failing alternator
- Starter motor
- Ignition switch malfunction
- Bad spark plugs
- Cracked distributor cap
- Broken timing belt
What are the 3 situations where headlights are required?
First, you should make sure both of your headlights are in good working order before driving your car. Headlights must be in use from sunset to sunrise.
Secondly, headlights are also necessary when you cannot see more than 400 feet in front of you. You should also use your car's headlights whenever windshield wipers are in use.
Thirdly, some studies have shown that when drivers elect to always drive with their headlights on it can reduce automobile accidents.
Do parking lights and turn signals use the same bulb?
Yes, your car uses the same bulb for the front turn signal and parking lights. Side bulbs are located on the inside of the wheel wells. All lights on your car will eventually burn out and need to be replaced.
Ted is the best. He and his family are the nicest and most honest people I know in the auto repair industry. They have serviced my family's vehicles for many years now and have always done excellent work on all accounts, and at fair prices too. They've even taught me a thing or two about cars during my experiences there! I will get my car serviced here as much as possible going forward.