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28 12, 2015

Common car problems and their solutions

By Team WayWheels | Founder | December 28th, 2015 | Self | 0 Comments

A new car or a used car, car repair problems bug us in daily life. Just like people who face health issues and require check-ups, your car has similar needs. Let’s take a look at some of the common car problems we face and their diagnosis.

1) Air conditioner not working - Your air con will switch on, but you notice it’s just blowing room-temperature air around rather than cold air.The most likely cause of this is that there is no refrigerant left in your system. This could be caused by a leak in your system somewhere, which will have to be fixed before refilling the refrigerant. If you’re car-savvy and you own a set of air conditioning gauges, refilling the refrigerant is usually easy to do yourself.

2) Engine overheating – You may notice steam or smoke coming from your bonnet, or the needle on your engine temperature gauge may be through the roof.Overheating can be caused by a few different factors. The simplest cause may be that your car needs more coolant. Yet depleted coolant can be caused by bigger problem, like leaks or faulty hoses, so always check for the underlying cause before simply filling it up with more. Another common reason for overheating may be that the radiator fan which keeps your engine cool is faulty, so check your fan motor connection and fan thermostat.

3) Noisy brakes - Unlike other car problems, the issue of noisy brakes can easily be recognized by listening. There could be a number of reasons for noisy brakes. It could be that your brake pads are loose, worn out, or you may have brake dust inside the drum. Brake dust especially can be extremely dangerous if accidentally inhaled.

4) Uneven tyre wear - It may not be obvious when driving that your car’s tyres are unevenly worn, but worn tyres can be dangerous due to their reduced grip on the road. The easiest way is to jack up your car and inspect each tyre individually, noting whether there are any bald spots on the inside or outside of the tyre, or whether there are any dips and dents in the tyre tread.Rotating your tyres and having your wheels aligned regularly is recommended.In terms of how often you should get your tyres rotated, it’s different for every vehicle and type of tyre, but having them rotated at every oil change is a good rule. Remember that the more often you rotate your tyres, the more evenly they’ll wear, and when you have the tyres rotated, you should also get them checked for balance and alignment.

5) Problems starting the engine. Your car either takes a long time to start, or the car simply won’t start at all. There are a number of reasons which can cause a car engine not to start, the most common, of course, being a dead battery. Pay special attention to the noise it makes when you turn the key. If the car is completely silent, there may be a problem with your battery terminal cable connections. If the car cranks over but not start, then it may be your spark plugs or fuel supply to your engine. In any case, if you’re out on the road, try jumpstarting your car then. Otherwise you need to get it checked at a repair centre.
If you are facing any of these problems and don’t know how to deal with them, WayWheels is the place to checkout. Visit our website or contact us for all your car needs.

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