Carrying out the maintenance of your car in a timely manner is essential to avoid problems and damage. However, sometimes inconveniences can arise despite having done the corresponding checks. Below we list the 11 most common.
An engine warning or check light is the most common problem for car, truck, and SUV owners. These lights come on when the vehicle’s ECU (Engine Control Unit) detects an error code activated by a sensor. Since there are over 200 possible warning codes, having a professional mechanic complete an inspection is the best way to determine the source and make the correct repairs.
2. Crackling or not engine ignition
The engine works best when air and fuel are properly mixed and burned in the combustion chamber. To complete this process efficiently, a number of fuel and ignition system components must work together. Although many moving parts help an engine to function properly, one of the main problems is engine sizzle or misfire. To reduce engine ignition or sizzle problems, be sure to replace the ignition and fuel system components as recommended by your manufacturer.
3. Excessive fuel consumption
When the engine is running efficiently, it burns fuel at a rate that helps improve fuel economy. However, various parts of the fuel system, such as fuel filters, air filters, air mass flow sensors, and O2 sensors, will eventually become dirty or wear out. If this happens before they are replaced, the engine will consume more fuel than usual. The best thing in this case is to perform a service routinely to prevent this problem from occurring.
4. Dead Battery
Most car batteries should last for about three years or 50,000 miles. A dead battery is generally caused by reduced amps, or electrical currents, which naturally decrease as the battery loses its ability to hold a charge. A damaged alternator, a battery temperature sensor, or other components of the charging system can accelerate this problem. It is best to replace your car battery every 50,000 miles or three years, even if it shows no signs of damage.
5. Smooth Tires
While most tires are damaged after hitting an object or being punctured, wear is the main source of problems. Extend the life of your tires by doing the proper rotations as recommended by your vehicle manufacturer. Generally, the best tips are to rotate your tires every 8000 km (or when you change your engine oil).
6. Noisy Brakes
Like any other moving part in your car, the brake system is designed to wear out over the designated period of time. The brakes are vital to stopping safely, so when they show any signs of trouble, like a screeching or a soft brake pedal, it should be inspected by a professional mechanic as soon as possible. While minor issues can cause squeaks or squeaks, once the brakes start to squeal, it’s a definite sign that they need to be replaced.
7. Alternator Failure
The alternator is the part of your vehicle that keeps all electrical systems running after the car starts. It is also responsible for supplying the charge to the battery to keep it in optimal condition. When an alternator breaks it will eventually cause the battery to wear out prematurely and other starting problems. Check the recommended service intervals and replace the alternator before it breaks to avoid this problem.
8. Broken starter motor
The starter motor is responsible for spinning the motor, which begins the starting process. When this component fails, it is usually because the electrical solenoid has been damaged, the starter breaks, or another electrical failure occurs, such as a starter relay, for example. While an opener can be replaced before it breaks, it is difficult to predict when this will happen. It is best to have a car start inspection to determine the problem before assuming it is the starter.
9. Moving Steering Wheel
Multiple problems can cause the steering wheel to shake while driving. If it happens right after you start your car and you start driving, the wheel bearings or damaged suspension components are often the source. If it happens at higher speeds, it is usually a balance problem between tires and wheels. In any case, having a professional mechanic inspect the vehicle at your location is the best way to correctly diagnose and resolve this problem.
One would suspect that engine warm-up should be at the top of the list, but this drawback is not as frequent as you think. In most modern cars, the cooling system is very complex, as it contains various sensors that monitor the temperature of the coolant, flow and other components. Staying on top of radiator flushing services and changing your water pump before it breaks are two easy ways to reduce overheating problems.
11. Automatic Transmission “Slip”
When properly maintained, an automatic transmission can last more than 200,000 miles with no problems. The modern automatic transmission is a hydraulic system consisting of various seals, gaskets, and lines that can be damaged, clogged with debris, or leak. When this happens, a transmission will “slip” or not roll smoothly. To avoid this common car problem, stay on top of the recommended transmission service for your vehicle.