Car Care: Common Maintenance Issues
Cars are complicated machines, and mechanical issues are an accepted — if frustrating — aspect of vehicle ownership. These issues can range from minor annoyances to serious problems that may be hazardous to you and your passengers. No matter how severe the problems may be, being able to identify and fix them in a timely manner is important for any driver. Read on for a look at the most common maintenance issues your vehicle will experience.
A dead battery
When it comes to common maintenance issues for cars, a dead battery is one of the most prevalent. If your battery is old, exposed to constant cold temperatures, or often used to transfer power to something else, chances are its lifespan will be shortened. It goes without saying that, without a working battery, your vehicle isn’t going anywhere. Thankfully, taking care of this particular issue is quick and mostly painless. An empty battery can be jumpstarted with jumper cables, so always be sure you have a set in your vehicle’s emergency kit. If your battery is unable to hold a charge, it will need to be replaced. Most car batteries are relatively cheap, and can be installed at home without the need of a garage or service center.
Your car’s tires work hard to keep you moving, and as a result, tire issues are common. Monitoring your tires for excessive wear is extremely important; failure to find a problem in time could result in a blowout. If your tires are wearing unevenly, you could experience braking problems, damaged wheel bearings, and hydroplaning. You can prevent this by regularly checking your tires for warning signs like flattened treads, strange bulges, cracks, or objects stuck between the treads. Make sure all of your tires are inflated to their proper limit, and ensure that they are all wearing evenly by having them rotated every few months.
They may not be pretty, but dents, scratches, and other forms of physical damage can happen to your car at any time. These can range from minor dings and chips to major dents, gouges, and even holes in your vehicle’s body. While your insurance might cover such damages, there are often easy ways to take care of the issue yourself. Even the largest of dents can be repaired using suction, and scratch-repair kits are sold at most auto stores. You could even pay to have your vehicle repainted if the damage is serious. For more serious body issues like deep cuts and holes, it’s best to leave your vehicle in the hands of professionals at a garage or service center.
Steering and alignment
Being able to effectively steer and control your vehicle is obviously an important part of driving. Steering issues such as strange vibrations and noises, a drifting, loose, or hard-to-turn steering wheel, and pulling to one side of the road can be dangerous if not fixed. These issues may also be signs of other problems like underinflated/unevenly worn tires or suspension malfunctions. If you experience any steering or alignment problems, be sure to bring your car in for a checkup immediately.
By being mindful of these car maintenance issues and addressing them when they arise, your vehicle will remain in great shape for years to come.
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