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Ferrari Electrical System Diagnostics and Repair

Ferrari Electrical System

Ferraris are modern day automobiles, so it is no surprise that their Ferrari electrical system is highly developed and complex. The electrical system of the car is one of the most important systems in a car. It sends the signal to start the engine and keep it running, and beyond that, the electrical system also powers the safety systems like the brake lights and headlights, the conventional systems like the car air conditioning and the electronic system like the radio. It goes without saying that a faulty electrical system can cause several parts of your Ferrari to malfunction.

Components of the Electrical System

The electrical system has three main components – battery, alternator, and starter. The battery is what powers the electrical system, and by extension, the entire car. The alternator sends the current to the battery, giving it the charge to keep the car running. Lastly, the starter like the name implies receives power from the battery to start the engine of the car. These three basic parts all need to be in good condition if the entire electrical system is to function properly.

Signs of a Malfunctioning Electrical System

Warning signs of a malfunctioning electrical system include an illuminated check engine light, dimming lights on the dash panel, a malfunctioning radio system, a ‘burning’ smell and rough idling of the engine. In cases of a total failure where the electrical system is completely shut down, the ignition may not even power on, and consequently, the engine will not fire.

Repairing A Bad Ferrari Electrical System

If your car has an electrical system problem, it is important that you get it fixed as soon as possible. When a car has a malfunctioning electrical system, the first thing we do is an electrical system diagnosis to determine the root cause of the fault. There are several reasons why the electrical system would malfunction; the common reasons include a malfunctioning alternator, a bad voltage regulator, corroded battery and battery cables, a blown fuse and wiring damage from bad electrical connections. Once we have determined the exact cause of the problem, we will either repair or replace the damaged components depending on the severity of the damage and the component involved.

Nevertheless, it is best to get a regular ‘load test’ of your Ferrari electrical system. Load tests are diagnostics tests that ensure that your car is generating enough power to support the electrical components. Additionally, routine maintenance and servicing of your Ferrari will help you detect potential electrical problems before they become problems.

Brake Repair Services

Brake Repair

The use for brakes naturally arose when humans began traveling using transportation techniques other than their legs. Whether it is by land, air or sea, the need for brakes mitigates the risk of accidents which cause injuries and even death. With the popular rise of the automobile in the United States, accidents became a daily occurrence. However, two things occurred which increased fatalities: 1.) High-speed highways became the norm, and 2.) Vehicles became cheaper but more powerful.
Since fatalities from car accidents were on the rise, society realized that safety standards need to be developed and enforced to protect consumers. So, by 1970, the National Highway Traffic Administration was formed to combat the rise in fatalities and instill a culture of “safety first” in automobile design.
Recently, the NHTA is now adding the need for an Automatic Emergency Braking feature to qualify for a 5-star rating. So, having a well-designed braking system is a big part of an overall process of avoiding injury from car accidents. But how do car brakes work?

How Brakes Work

Understanding how brakes work will help you look out or any irregularities in your braking system, therefore increasing safety on the road for everyone. The braking systems of today use multiple sensors and electronics to stop a car as quickly as possible. Nonetheless, the primary braking system is still used.
When you press the braking pedal, that pressure moves a piston in the master cylinder, forcing braking fluid to enter the brake lines to the calipers and wheel cylinders. The force applied to the brake pedal is therefore proportional to the force applied to the pistons.
The calipers in disk brakes and wheel cylinders in drum brakes are connected to disk pads and braking shoes respectively. The pistons push the disk pads or braking shoes onto the rotor or wall, causing friction and resulting in the decreased rotation of the wheel.

Components of the Braking System

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Braking systems include either disk brakes or drum brakes. Disk Brakes are comprised of a disc/rotor, calipers, disk pads and hardware necessary to mount the components to the car. The caliper is connected to the hoses and wires that send the braking fluid when the brake pedal is depressed.
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Drum brakes are comprised of a drum/braking plate, brake shoes, a wheel cylinder, and hardware to mount the components. The wheel cylinder is connected to the hoses and wires send the braking fluid when the brake pedal is depressed.

Braking Fluid

Water used to be used as a braking fluid in the past. However, the braking process causes temperatures to rise past the boiling point of water. This causes water to vapor resulting in brake failure.
Braking fluid is a hydraulic fluid with a high boiling point. Hydraulic fluids are used to transfer power, in this case, from the pedal to the calipers and cylinders while surviving high temperatures caused by braking. Braking fluid also protects against corrosion of systems it comes in contact with.

When to Schedule your Car for Brake Services

This is what to look for to bring your car in for brake services:
  • Noise or grinding coming from the brakes
  • Brake pedal feels spongy or soft when pressed
  • Car veers a certain way when the brakes are pressed
  • Brake fluid level in the master cylinder is low
  • Brake system Warning Lamp is on

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