Covid-19 Update
Our approach to COVID-19

What we’re doing

DBElectrical has adapted to the current COVID-19 outbreak to keep our community, customers and employees safe. These measures have allowed us to continue serving our customers with little impact to order delivery.

Here are the actions we’ve taken:

  • Any employee who can work from home is now doing so. Working from home has allowed us to dramatically reduce the number of people who are present in our offices and warehouse facilities.

  • We’ve redesigned our workstations in our shipping and distribution centers, adding space between packing areas, implementing additional social distancing guidelines and reducing the amount of contact with packages and merchandise.

  • Package handlers have been issued protective gear such as gloves and masks when processing orders. We’ve also provided hand sanitizers for use by employees.

  • Temperatures are checked for all employees entering our offices and warehouses. Persons exhibiting a temperature outside of a normal range are not admitted to our facilities. We’re following CDC guidelines for delaying a return to work when someone exhibits signs of illness.

  • We’ve restricted outside visitors from entering our offices and facilities. At this time, no outside guests are allowed to enter our buildings.

  • We encourage our employees to take care of themselves and their families during this outbreak. Our health-first approach to employee relations strengthens our sense of teamwork.

The good news is that we’re operating at nearly 100% capacity in shipping orders. We are aware that the COVID-19 outbreak has impacted some of the delivery services we use, so there are occasional delays for that reason. At this time, the impact of these delays appears minimal.

We’re working hard to provide you with the replacement parts you need. We’ll get through this time together and look forward to promising times ahead.

Take care,
The DBElectrical team

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5 electrical essentials to keep your snowmobile trail ready

Riding the trails on a sled is all about exhilaration. But nothing deflates the fun faster than a malfunctioning electrical system. These mission critical components make the difference between an adrenaline-rush day or a sad time on the sidelines. To ensure your sled is ready to go, make sure these electrical components are in prime operating condition.

1) Starters
As with all components, starters will wear out over time. But complete failure will rarely be immediate. Starters will give off a few signs that they are in decline, but that’s tricky because many of these signs are associated with other components, too. Warning signs include sluggish starting, erratic starting, grinding noises or lights flickering. If you experience any of these signs, get your snowmobile inspected sooner rather than later. Inevitably, the problem will get worse, leading to an inability to start anymore. Repairs can range from replacing the entire starter to refurbishing it with a starter repair kit.

2) Alternators
Alternators convert energy to keep the battery charged and accessories operating. When the alternator fails, the battery will lose its charge and the fun on a sled will grind to a halt. You don’t want that to happen far from home on a winter’s night. If the battery seems is weak or erratic in starting your snowmobile, the cause might be the alternator is losing its capacity to recharge it. Other warning signs include lights that periodically dim, burning odors, and grinding or whining sounds. If you’re not sure if the problem is the battery, alternator or something else, try using a voltmeter, which can identify problems originating from the battery or alternator.

3) Stator Coils
A stator coil acts as an electrical power generator like an alternator. Depending on your model of snowmobile, you may have either a stator coil or an alternator. Like an alternator, when a stator coil fails, it loses its capacity to keep the battery charged. Unlike an externally mounted alternator, you’ll find the stator coil located inside the engine. Signs of a failing stator coil include hard starts, loss of battery power on the trail and flickering lights.

4) Solenoid Relays
Solenoid relays deliver an electrical current to the starter to get the engine going. So how do you know if the solenoid relay is the likely problem? Listen for a clicking sound coming from the solenoid relay when the snowmobile is turned on. You’ll hear a noticeable sound if the solenoid is good, and a weak sound or silence if the solenoid is bad. With all of the sounds that come from an engine, you’ll need someone else to start the snowmobile while you concentrate on the solenoid relay. A multimeter is a tool you may use to test your solenoid.

5) Voltage Regulators
Voltage regulators control the output of voltage to prevent damage to the wiring, battery and other electrical accessories. When the voltage regulator fails, voltage levels between the alternator and battery may be erratic. Complete failure of the voltage regulator can mean a total break between the alternator and battery. Lights that fluctuate from bright to dim are an indicator of a failing voltage regulator. Multimeters are useful for testing voltage regulators.

Snowmobile Electrical Systems

A well-operating electrical system in your sled makes the difference between hitting the trails or sitting home. Maybe even more important, the mission-critical components in your snowmobile will determine whether you get home on time or need a repair out there somewhere.