How To Prevent 5 Most Common Car Problems

Henry RichardsStarred Page By Henry Richards, 5th Feb 2013 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2zcxxo76/
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Maintaining and driving correctly could save your a fortune in car repairs. Find out how you can prevent the five most common car problems with a few simple tips.

Introduction

A car fault can cause a few days hassle. Not only is your car out of action, it can disrupt your life and present an unexpected cost. Although not all problems can be prevented (wear and tear over the years is bound to happen) with proper maintenance you can reduce your chances of experiencing a car failure. It’s always a good idea to have car warranty to maintain your car and fix problems best left to mechanics.

Here are five common car faults and how you can prevent them.

Flat battery

Much like anything that needs batteries, when the power runs out, you have to replace it. Unfortunately we aren’t talking about relatively inexpensive AA batteries from the supermarket! Car batteries can be expensive so it’s in your best interest to take care of it the best you can.

Leaving a car idle for a month of more can lead to the battery to slowly discharge. Short journeys are also another common cause of a flat battery as longer journeys allow the battery to recharge - short journeys cause under charging. And the third most common reason for a flat battery is leaving lights on when the ignition is switched off. Just double check everything is switched off when you leave your car. Image Credit

Clutch

Wearing out the clutch is a major problem experienced by new drivers. Most experienced and confident drivers rest their foot on the floor whilst new drivers will rest it on the clutch. Pressing the clutch whilst moving at maximum road legal speeds is called ‘riding the clutch’ and will cause increased wear.

It can take time to develop the confidence to leave your foot to the side of the clutch pedal. Journeys on the motorway are ideal for practising this. You could also try hovering your foot over the clutch pedal to begin with.

Brakes

Brake failure is a major concern and can be fatal in some situations. The rate of brake wear is often dictated by the driving style of the person behind the wheel. Aggressive acceleration and braking can shorten the lifespan of the brake pads and disc significantly. Prevent the need to be aggressive by keeping a clear distance from the car in front and reading the road ahead to judge any braking early.

Squealing of the brakes is a common problem seen in older cars (a new design has reduced this situation occurring in new cars). You can correct this by applying special grease to the back of the brake pads. Image Credit

Radiator

Contradictory to the name, a radiator has little to do with heating the car up. Instead the radiator is the heart of a car’s cooling system. Just like the human body, if the heart stops, so does the car. A failure of the cooling system can lead to overheating which in turn causes serious damage. Tell-tale signs of overheating are the temperature gauge rising dramatically or copious amounts of steam is released from under the bonnet.

There are a number of causes which may have to be fixed by a mechanic such as a leak or rust for example. However, the fix could be much simpler. In hot weather engine coolant evaporates meaning a top-up is all that is needed. Image Credit

Tyres

The minimum tread depth according to UK law is 1.6mm. At times, wear isn’t even and bald spots may appear. This is usually caused by turning the wheel when the car is stationary i.e. parallel parking. Prevent this from happening by slowing moving the car when turning the wheel.

Tyres also wear out quicker when they are not fully inflated; it could be extremely costly replacing all four tyres at the same time. Another cause of increased wear is a misalignment of the wheel. A pothole for example could shift the weight of the car to favour one side, producing an uneven wear. While correcting the misalignment will cost you, adjusting now will save you money in wasted tyres. Image Credit

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Battery, Brakes, Car Fault, Car Problems, Cars, Clutch, Radiator

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
6th Feb 2013 (#)

Very good points so well elucidated. Thank you - siva

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