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Why Are My Lights So Faint?

With the days growing shorter, Margate City, NJ residents will have to rely on their car lights even more. Whenever your lights, especially headlights, start to look fuzzy or act unusual in any way, it could dangerously impact your visibility on the road. Unfortunately, many problems can cause your vehicle's lights to malfunction. The three most common problem areas are your battery, alternator, and wires.


The first electrical component you should consider checking when your lights are corrupted is the battery. Your battery could be aging and need a replacement soon. The best way to tell is by having one of our professionals test it at Sunny Sunoco. 


If your battery passes the test, then the second place you should check is the alternator. A malfunctioning alternator will only affect your vehicle lights when the car is turned on. The alternator is the machine that charges the battery when your vehicle is on, and if it stops working, the battery will also drain. Our team at Sunny Sunoco can test both your battery and look at your alternator for your convenience.


If no problems are detected with the battery or alternator, it may be an electrical problem with  the lights themselves. If you have an older model vehicle, then the ground wires may have gotten loose over time. If they are loose, it can cause the lights to flicker. If you notice the blinking or flashing only happening when you hit a bump or rough road surface, then it is very likely wire-related. Thankfully, loose ground wires are a quick and easy fix. On the other hand, if the wires themselves are damaged, you will need a professional to replace the cables. 


If you are experiencing lighting problems, feel free to take your vehicle to our skillful technicians at Sunny Sunoco or call us at (609) 385-1548

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