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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How solenoids work in starting a vehicle

Solenoids are an essential component in the starting process

When your vehicle won’t start, the likely suspects are the battery, ignition and starter. But there is another important component in the starting system, namely the solenoid. Just like how every link determines the strength of a chain, the solenoid is an important link in the series of components that start a vehicle. If you’re experiencing starting problems, don’t forget to check the condition of your solenoid as well as the other components.

What does a solenoid do?

First, let’s look at how solenoids are made to help understand their function. Solenoids have wire coils that wrap around a core. The ignition and battery send electrical currents that travels through the solenoid’s coil, which then pushes the mobile core outward to deliver electric to the starter. The ignition switch’s low power current combines with the battery’s stronger current to engage the starter. This action has sometimes been referred to as an electromagnet switch, linking the ignition and battery with the starter. When the engine starts, the solenoid discontinues the electrical flow to the starter.

Do solenoids wear out and go bad?

The short answer is yes. Wear and tear can lead to corroded contact points and burned out coils. Other problems include accumulation of grime or faulty wiring. Deterioration reduces the solenoid’s ability to deliver electric current to the starter. There are three conditions that shorten the life of a solenoid: 1) poor wiring, 2) excessive heat and 3) corrosive moisture.

What are the signs of a bad solenoid?

There is no one sign that exclusively pinpoints the solenoid as the culprit for starting problems. There are several signs in which solenoids should be highly suspect. The first sign is total silence when turning the ignition. Other signs include clicking sounds when turning the ignition key. Another problem with a failing solenoid is when it does not cut off the flow of electrical current after the engine starts. This malfunction can result in damage to the starter.

The bottom line about solenoids

The day that your vehicle won’t start begins the investigation as to why. There could be several causes. The solenoid, however, plays a significant role in the starting process, so it deserves attention as you evaluate your vehicle’s performance.