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How To Maintain Automotive Electronics: 6 Tips

How to Maintain Automotive Electronics: 6 Tips

Modern vehicles are like computers on wheels, which means that proper maintenance requires special attention to automotive electronic systems. Don’t worry—while neglecting these systems can be costly, upkeep is easy, and the team at Eccles Auto Service is standing by to help.

Read on for a few tips to help protect your tech, or call (905) 627-3355 to speak directly with an automotive electronic system specialist in Dundas, ON.

Protect Your Tech: How To Maintain Automotive Electronic Systems

Your automotive electronics are powered by your battery, so smart upkeep starts with battery maintenance best practices. These include:

  • Giving your battery a regular workout—To keep your battery charged up and in shape, you need to use it on a regular basis. Try to drive your vehicle once every 3 to 4 days and make the outing long enough to fully charge your battery. If you don’t drive regularly, you might want to consider installing an absorbed glass mat (AGM) battery or using a battery maintainer.
  • Securing your battery—If your battery clamp isn’t properly fastened, your battery will rattle around, which can cause internal damage and short-circuiting that negatively affects your automotive electronics. If you suspect your battery is loose, you can try to manually tighten the clamp nuts, or get in touch with our team to leave it to the pros.
  • Cleaning your battery—Corrosion can cause all sorts of problems with your automotive electronics. Cleaning your battery involves several steps that require precision, care, and knowledge of how to clean it properly.  Failure to do so could result in damaging your battery.  The process is quite technical and time-consuming for someone without experience. Don’t worry—our experts are standing by to help!

In addition to these battery maintenance practices, you should also:

  • Keep water away from automotive electronics. This probably goes without saying, but water is the enemy of automotive electronics. To prevent water damage, make sure to keep your windows closed during storms and car washes, dry battery components thoroughly before reconnecting, and don’t get carried away with the spray bottle when cleaning the interior. If you need to wipe down your “carputer” screen, use a barely-damp cloth, avoid seams and the edges where water can creep in, and use a second dry cloth to wipe away any excess moisture immediately. If you live somewhere with high humidity, you may also want to run the A/C or use a desiccant to pull moisture from the air.
  • Keep your vehicle clean. If dust is allowed to build up on electrical components and contact points, you may experience intermittent power loss or performance disruptions. Dust can also trap moisture, increasing the risks of water damage. For these reasons, we recommend keeping your windows rolled up when driving down dusty roads, storing dirty clothes and items in the trunk for transportation, staying on top of air filter replacements, and making time to clean your vehicle on a regular basis.
  • Book regular inspections. Not all maintenance requires a visit to your local auto shop, but if you’re serious about keeping your automotive electronics in shape, you should make time to have these systems inspected once every 6 months.

Consult With Automotive Electronic Experts In Dundas

Eccles Auto Service is your one-stop shop for automotive electronic system care, offering expert service, access to sophisticated diagnostic tools, and a full selection of electronic accessories, including:

  • Remote starters
  • Remote car alarms
  • Hands free Bluetooth products
  • GPS and Fleet tracking security devices
  • Built in DVD/ TV systems
  • Built in Navigation systems
  • Heated seats
  • OEM radio replacement or repair
  • And much, much more!

To learn more about how to maintain your automotive electronic systems and get a free quote on service, you can call (905) 627-3355 or fill out our online contact form.

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