What is 'Auto Electrical'?

Menlyn Gearbox helps out with many car related issues. And one of our specializations is 'Auto Electrical'. But what does this actually entail? An Auto Electrician (short of Automotive Electrician) is an expert on all of the systems in your car that you only notice when something goes wrong. Your headlights, diagnostic lights, alarm system, circuit board, alternator and starter motor all fall under the Auto Electrician’s domain of expertise. so an Auto Electrician is basically an Electrician who specializes in the electric systems contained within automotive vehicles.

Auto Electricians install, maintain, identify faults and repair electrical wiring and computer-based equipment in motor vehicles and related equipment, such as caravans, trailers, earthmoving equipment, mining equipment, marine applications and agricultural equipment.

There are so many things an Auto Electrician works on, you don't even realize there is so much electrical 'stuff' in your car:

Duties & Tasks of an Auto Electrician

  • Work with computer-controlled engine management systems

  • Service, identify and repair faults on electronically controlled vehicle systems such as electronic fuel injection, electronic ignition, anti-lock braking, cruise control, automatic transmission, airbags and air conditioning

  • Install electrical equipment such as gauges, lighting, alternators and starter motors in vehicles

  • Install electrically operated accessories such as radios, heating or demisting equipment, air conditioners, driving lamps and anti-theft systems

  • Refer to circuit diagrams, and use meters and test instruments to find electrical faults

  • Adjust engine control systems and timing to ensure vehicles are running at peak performance

  • Test, recondition and replace faulty alternators, generators, starter motors and related items such as voltage regulators and batteries

  • Repair or replace faulty ignition, electrical wiring, fuses, lamps and switches

  • Use hand tools, specialised electrical tools, instruments and machines, including drills, grinders, presses and lathes

  • Solder or weld when repairing electrical parts

  • Sell and install electrical parts and accessories

  • Install, repair and service air conditioning systems.


  • Replacing defective parts such as fuses, lamps and switches.

  • Testing and replacing defective alternators, generators, voltage regulators and starter motors.

  • Repairing and replacing faulty ignition and electrical wiring.

  • Connecting power-operated vehicle equipment and accessories to power supply.

  • Using test equipment to locate electrical and electronic malfunctions.

  • Installing electrical equipment and electronic components in motor vehicles.

  • Dismantling and removing electrical and electronic assemblies and components.

  • Adjusting engine control systems and timing.

So: Is anything wrong with anything electrical in your car? Don't hesitate and contact Menlyn Gearbox & Diff Centre | Auto Electrical & Aircon Repairs! www.MenlynGearbox.co.za


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