I’m afraid it’s inevitable. At some point in your car’s life, you’re going to have a breakdown. Or you’ll wake up one morning, and the engine won’t start. It’s the side-effect of owning a vehicle, and you need to know how to deal with it. Unfortunately, too many motorists don’t know the first thing about the inner-workings of the car. Many have never even seen under the bonnet.
It’s a worrying state of affairs, especially when you consider that rescue teams respond to 7 million breakdowns every year. You can prevent the embarrassing and time-consuming breakdown by learning more about your car. You should also be taking your motor for regular servicing and health checks. Today, we’ll show you the most common car problems, and how to deal with them.
A puncture can happen at any time, and it’s often terrifying. Especially if you’re on the motorway, cruising at 70 mph when you hear the awful sound. On average, a car tyre will last the driver at least five years. But, you can never predict when a puncture will rear its ugly head. If it does, you need to be prepared. In some cases, they are simple to repair (and you can do this on the road side). However, if your tyres are already showing signs of excessive wear, it’s a sign that it’s time to change them. Take your car to the AA tyres specialists, and they’ll give you a full diagnosis.
Broken tail light
The broken tail light is a troubling issue because you almost never notice when it goes out. As a driver, you can’t tell if the light is broken until someone points it out to you. Perhaps a kind driver will give you a flash while you’re on the road. The only other way to tell is by reversing up to your garage door and flicking the tail lights on. If you can’t see both reflections in the door, the bulb has blown. It’s easy to replace a tail light bulb. You’ll find a spare part at your local garage or auto shop, and simply screw it in.
A dead battery is the single biggest cause of breakdown call outs. In fact, it accounts for nearly 50% of all breakdowns in the winter. Your car battery will last roughly two years before giving out. When it does, it will cut the power to your engine, and the car won’t start. The final straw is often leaving your lights on overnight. It’s easily done, and it’s happened to the best of us! The best measure here is preventative. Keep a multimeter handy, and check the charge on regular occasions. When it’s getting low, simply replace it with a new alternative.
Those are the three biggest causes of trouble. The other culprits to look out for are broken spark plugs, squeaky brakes and aging oil. Again, these are simple repairs that you can make yourself. Spark plugs are sold at every major auto shop, and you really should know how to change the oil by now!
Don’t get caught out or stranded on the motorway. Look for the early signs, and learn how to fix them!