Car Problems Top 10 List

November 8, 2007


In true David Letterman fashion, Auto Mechanic gives you a Top 10 list of the most common types of car problems. I’m quite sure almost all car owners had an encounter with these. Check them out.

Ensuring the overall performance of the car is an important responsibility of every car owner. No one is invulnerable when it comes to hazardous surprises. Thus, knowing the basics of auto maintenance and fundamentals of handling car emergencies are essential. The following are ten car faults commonly encountered by patrols and even car owners. Recognizing how to deal with these common problems can minimize or prevent further troubles.

1. Defective battery

Batteries made of lead or acid may last and work properly for about five years. Eventually, because of regular use especially during short travels, failures may arise to terminals as well as to clamp connections. To tune-up, the clamps and terminals must be checked. Using lubricants like grease or petroleum jelly can protect the terminals against corrosion.

There are maintenance-free batteries nowadays that do not call for replenishment. However, during short travels, the function of batteries can be extended through overnight charging. When the battery is not working, one common solution is to the jump the vehicle’s battery with the aid of another car. But, this is a serious and dangerous task since batteries generate highly combustible gas. With a simple spark, the gas can be ignited and can lead to explosion. Worse is the corrosive acid being showered to the person doing the job. Therefore, it is better to wait for other’s assistance.

2. Damaged or Flat Tires and Wheels

Driving whether in short or long distances would be faster and easier using effective tires and wheels. Impacts and harsh elements can produce damages in wheel rims or sidewalls. Wearing of irregular tires can also be experienced due to wheel misalignment. To be ready during unexpected circumstances, always consider an extra tire. Additional repair tools are a lot of help in handling emergencies. Consulting a tire specialist would also be beneficial so as to restore the good performance of the tires and wheels.

3. Being locked-out or Lost of Keys

Misplacing or leaving the keys inside the car can be a problem, putting off the driver from getting in. Having an extra set of keys at all times will be helpful. Noting down the keys identity number can also make a quick replacement.

4. Defective Alarms

One of the sophisticated features of current vehicles is the security system like alarms. These are of great help for the owner but can likewise be a source of problem. Aside from the loud alarm disturbing the neighborhood, immobilizing systems sometimes find it hard to distinguish the real owner of the car.

5. Alternator/generator fault

Errors in the alternator or generator are the main causes of constant battery problems. When the temperature level of the engine increases rapidly, belt might be busted.

6. Malfunctioning starter motor

The starter motor is quite sensitive in its own way. The springs may decline functioning properly because of corrosion. Gears could also stick on the sliding shaft. Other parts accordingly fall short like the terminals and solenoid operating switch.

7. Fuel problems

It is important to not let tanks run of fuel as drained fuel tanks can be a recipe for car problem. In some cases, leaking pipes, faulty injectors, busted pumps or thwarted carburettor jets can also be encountered. Though pipes can be temporarily made during urgent situations, replacement is still a very good decision.

8. Damages Caused by Impacts or Collisions

Today’s demanding way of life adds to the major and minor cause of road accidents. Whatever mishaps, the situation is aggravated by having the damaged car stranded on the road. Road patrols can contribute assistance in getting the car into workshops for potential repairs.

It is true that absolute protection is not possible but finding ways to make the travel safer is achievable. Taking necessary precautions greatly help in reducing the chances of being engaged in fender-benders.

9. Faulty wires in clutch cables

Due to tearing up of wires, the clutch cable can be totally broken. This could be resolved through repairs but to avoid further expense, getting a new cable must be at hand.

10. Spark plugs

As part of the ignition system, spark plugs are among the busiest components in a vehicle but are often ignored. To keep from problems and maintain their proper function, plugs must be replaced every after 16,090km or 10,000 miles.

After checking the parts or making some repairs in the vehicle, it is a must to double-check every task you made.