For many people commuting is a huge challenge especially if you are dependent on public transport. You have to follow the time curfews and have to walk the necessary distances to reach subways or bus stations. If you hire a private cab for greater independence, it can be pretty expensive.
A personal car and the ability to drive it is an investment worth every penny. You can take it anytime, anywhere, without worrying about missing a means of transport. With a car of your own, you do not even have to think twice when wanting a road trip.
Unfortunately, keeping a car comes with its fair share of problems that motorists face every other day. Veteran motorists, who have been owning and maintaining vehicles for years, do have an idea about how to keep their cars in check. However, the new ones struggle with the problems that arise. It is a myth that investing in an overly expensive car will save us from a lot of questions. Issues can occur, no matter we buy any car.
- Dead Starter
A dead starter is one of the most common problems that motorists face. When you turn the ignition on, at times your car will not start, and all you will get is an empty clicking sound. This is an annoying situation that every motorist face at some point in time. Another common symptom of the starter problems is that headlights stop working. That being said, headlight issues can also be attributed to other electrical problems too. There are two primary reasons behind starter issues. Either the car is poorly maintained, or some wear and tear issues are the culprit behind the malfunction.
If you are a new motorist, keep a regular check on your starter motor. If you are using a second-hand car, look out for signs of wear and tear. If you do not know how to do that, take assistance from a mechanic.
- Battery Issues
At times, your car might not respond to the ignition despite the starter working correctly. In that case, a possible reason could be a dead battery. Your car’s battery has a fixed life after which it needs to be replaced. If your car battery is old, get it replaced. Ideally, keep a record of its date of purchase so that you are well prepared when you need to replace it. If your car battery is not old enough and you are still facing the issue, look out for any faulty connectors.
An alternator is the primary power source of your battery. It makes sure that your battery remains charged. However, just like the battery, it has a life too and needs a replacement in time. If you have purchased a second-hand car or if you are planning to buy one, do ask the previous owner about when the alternator was last replaced.
- Spark Plugs
If you feel your car is not picking up the speed or your fuel mileage is getting poorer, you need to check your spark plugs. Like most other parts, spark plugs come with a lifespan and need replacement after a specific time. Therefore, look out for signs of wear and tear every time you take your car for maintenance sessions.
- Radiator Leakage
Ever noticed a liquid dripping out of your car in your driveway, while your car’s air-conditioning is off. This is most definitely your car’s airconditioning coolant leaking out of the radiator. Consequently, your air conditioner will not work, and your vehicle will face severe overheating issues. Do not be surprised if your car stops midway suddenly if you are facing these issues and you leave them untreated. In order avoid such a situation, keep a regular check on your car’s radiator and its coolant. See if any connectors are loose. If you notice any damaged parts, get them replaced immediately. Meanwhile, make sure that the water level in your car’s radiator is adequate.
- Oil Leakage
Dark, stubborn greasy stains on your driveway are signs of a possible oil leak. This is another pervasive problem. The biggest blunder that many new motorists make is that they tend to ignore the problem when the leakage is small. This can turn up into something significant in the long run, so better control it in the initial phase. You can easily prevent oil leaks and control them by getting your car tuned and replacing the oil filters at regular intervals.
- A Flat Tire
Every single motorist goes through this problem at some point in life. A flat tire can land you in a miserable condition when you are in a rush and have to stop midway because your tire ditched you. It could be annoying to change a tire in the middle of nowhere while you are dressed up in an expensive suit for an important event.
Unfortunately, the only maintenance that you can do to prevent flat tires is to make sure that the air pressure in all the tires is on point. Other than that the only way to avoid this situation is to take care while driving because any sharp object has the potential to land you in a sad state.
- Weak Brakes/ Failed Brakes
Problems with brakes are common, but ideally, you should be able to notice that when your braking system starts to weaken. It is not recommended to wait for the brakes to fail. You can easily see a weak braking system when your car fails to brake efficiently or at the instant at which it should otherwise be stopping.
If you keep a check on brake oils, you can avoid such a situation from happening. Change your brake oil after every 40000 km/s. The next thing that you should focus on is your brake pads. If your brakes are squeaking, your brake pads are faulty. If you continue to run the car with defective brake pads, it can also cause damage to your brake rotor, which is otherwise sturdy and long-lasting.
- Unbalanced Wheel
If you feel vibrations in the vehicle while driving the car, your wheels are crazy. Many newbies confuse this with wheel alignment. The insane bike means that the weight distribution around your wheels is not done correctly and you need to get them fixed.
- Car Shocks
Car shocks are one of the most neglected areas in the vehicle, despite that, they are one of the most critical parts as far as safety is concerned. Unfortunately, it is not that easy for a layman to assess the condition of car shocks and see if they need to be replaced. It is therefore highly recommended that you take your car to a professional for regular car suspension assessments. If your shocks show any signs of wear and tear, get them replaced immediately.
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