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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 signs that your starter could soon quit starting

When your starter goes out, your vehicle will sit idle. While you can’t always predict when a component like a starter will go bad, you can become aware of the signs that something is amiss. Identifying the warning signs and replacing your starter before it expires on its own schedule can save you a headache later on.

  • #1 Sluggish Starts When your vehicle is sluggish to start, it’s a warning sign that the starter could be going bad. If this happens, it’s better to investigate the condition of your starter than to wait for the day it fails altogether.
  • #2 Clicking Sound When turning the ignition key causes a clicking sound, the starter is a prime suspect. The battery, of course, is also a leading candidate as the potential problem when a clicking sound occurs. You can dismiss the battery as the culprit by turning on headlights and accessory lights. If they illuminate brightly, the problem does not rest with the battery, bringing you back to the starter as a likely cause.
  • #3 Lights Dim If lights dim for a moment when starting your vehicle, the wiring of your starter could be shorting out. This problem results in the drawing of more current than normal, leaving less for powering other system components. Electrical shorts could lead to total failure.
  • #4 Grinding Noise This type of noise is a sign that the gears in the starter are beginning to wear out. Worn gears adversely affect how the starter engages the flywheel. Mechanics commonly call this condition “freewheeling.”
  • #5 Prolonged Running A starter motor should quit running once the engine starts. If it continues running, it’s a sign that there is a malfunction in the electrical circuitry.

If you’re getting any of these signals, you might want to check out the condition of your starter. Admittedly, these symptoms could be caused by other problems, too. But the starter is a prime suspect.

Older starters that are not operating at peak performance should be replaced before they give out altogether. It’s better to replace a failing starter before it becomes a failed starter that leaves you stranded somewhere. When you’re in the market for a new starter or related electrical component, visit DB Electrical for a wide selection of OEM-quality aftermarket electrical products.