Owning a car is a virtual necessity in this day and age. It can reduce your commute times by a significant margin and can also make your life tremendously easy, especially if you have a family. Going from one place to another becomes significantly easier for people who have a car. However, while owning a car is not that big of a deal thanks to financing options and second-hand options available in the market, you really have to think about maintenance. Maintenance is a serious concern that most people don’t really know anything about, and this is what comes back to haunt most car owners later on. There are many common car problems with which you will have to deal. Most common issues can be resolved easily by tinkering a little bit with the components in your car. However, there are
Taking care of a car is just one of the responsibilities most of us have to deal with in life, and though some people love their vehicles, others see car ownership as a burden. Unfortunately, public transport isn't always reliable enough to ensure we get to work on time, and you don’t want to stand around in the rain waiting for a bus after a busy day at the office. The truth is, using your own car remains the most convenient way to get around in most situations, but owning a vehicle can be an expensive endeavour. Let's face it, purchasing a car in the first place is rather costly. Of course, you can save cash by purchasing a second-hand vehicle, but some people would rather place their confidence in the latest models. In the UK, fuel is extremely pricey, and if you have to drive long d
We all remember the basics of maintaining a car. Keep the tires inflated. Keep the gas tank full. Keep the windshield clean. But here are a few other common car problems that you should not overlook. Resolving them will keep your car running smoothly for years to come. Misaligned Tires Uneven tire wear can cause the alignment of a car to go out of true. If your car seems to drift to the left or right as you drive, then it’s a good bet that you need a tire alignment. Ignoring the problem will only lead to even greater problems with the steering components of your car. Misaligned tires will also reduce your gas mileage, and they can wear down tires unevenly and increase your risk of a blow-out and accident. Catalytic Converter Catalytic converters transform three harmful compounds in
We’ve all been in a situation where we get into our vehicle, start the engine, and something just doesn’t sound right. Sounds can tell you a lot about how well your car is functioning. The following are just some sounds to keep an ear out for: Leaking Air Stopped at a light, you hear a sound similar to that of air leaking out of a balloon. Typically, this sound indicates a problem with your exhaust manifold gasket. Make an appointment to have the gasket replaced as soon as possible. Not only can the continuous stream of hot gas eventually damage your car, it can also cause harmful effects to you in the form of carbon monoxide poisoning. Hissing You turn on the engine and suddenly it hits you. You hear a “ssssss” sound coming from under your hood. More likely than not, it is a leak
Most car problems are quiet common, and are experienced by many drivers every day. Fortunately, most of the common car problems are not very serious and can be viewed as early indicators of more serious problems in future, if ignored. Some of the problems can be repaired by car owners themselves while others should be addressed by experienced professionals. Engine Knock This is a common problem shared by many drivers. Many mechanics receive complaints of the engine producing a nagging, knocking sound. The most common cause of an engine knock is the presence of clearance between valve train components. This problem can be persistent. Avoid repairing an engine knock yourself; this problem should be addressed by qualified mechanics. Squeaky Brakes This is another common car problem. S...