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Looking after your car properly by ensuring it is getting serviced regularly and problems such as brake pads, wiper blades, tyres are addressed as soon as possible, and the yearly MOT is passed will extend its life. However, all cars will require other car repairs that cannot be predicted when servicing and mot are carried out. Because cars have many moving parts, and with use, some of these parts wear out. Some parts cannot be checked over as part of yearly car servicing. There are often telltale signs before a part fails; a suspension noise, transmission harsh operating, and management light on are all symptoms of a problem.
Here are some of the most common reasons for breaking down.
Flat battery or defective battery
Battery faults are some of the most common causes of car breakdowns. If you got a car battery problem, you won’t be able to start your car. The car battery powers the starter motor, and when the engine is running the alternator, recharges the battery.
How to avoid a flat car battery
Always switch everything off as you leave the car. If you don’t make long journeys often, your car battery won’t charge properly. You can overweight this by charging it overnight with a battery charger. When you get the car serviced, the mechanic should check that battery connections are clean, protected from corrosion and properly secured.
Lost car keys
Losing your only car key or getting it locked inside the car will leave you stranded. Therefore it is always a good practice to have a spare car. However, the spare might not help if you’re far from home and you’re losing the key. In this case, an auto locksmith will be the best call for help.
Damaged wheels and tyres
Punctures and also on top for breakdown reasons, and while most of them cannot be prevented, there are a few aspects you should check to prevent a flat tyre. Check regularly the tyre pressure and tread, and if you see uneven wear, have the wheel alignment checked. If you’re driving with loads, adjust the tyre pressure accordingly and avoid driving rough road surfaces with speed.
Newer diesel vehicles use Selective Catalyst Reduction (SCR), which reduces nitrogen oxide exhaust emissions from. AdBlue is an additive that gets injected in the exhaust for this reason. It’s also called urea or Diesel Exhaust Fluid (DEF), and it needs to be kept topped up to work properly. Your car engine won’t start if AdBlue runs out, so it’s important never to run out.
Timing belt/cambelt or timing chain
The timing belt has a variable replacement interval from one manufacturer to another and from one engine to another. It is happening more often than you think that timing belt replacement intervals if forgotten and when the belt breaks are causing big engine damage. Therefore always check your cambelt change interval.
Some cars have a timing chain that, in theory, it shouldn’t require replacement; however, on newer vehicles, this is also a serviceable item. The timing chain will start making a noise like a rattling, especially at a cold start. This is an indication that the chain is screeched and should be given great importance.
Having the oil change when doing your car servicing is not enough until the next replacement interval. Lack of oil or engine oil overfilled could cause serious engine damage. Sometimes on a diesel vehicle with a PDF, the oil may become diluted if the PDF regeneration doesn’t happen. This can cause the oil level to increase, and this will need an oil change. Oil level has to be checked regularly with the dipstick or electronically from your vehicle instruments.
Alternator not charging
Having the red battery light on while the engine is running could indicate an alternator failure. Your vehicle cannot run without the alternator not charging; therefore, if you have an alternator fault, you need to contact the garage as soon as you can.
A starter motor is an electric motor that turns and combustion engine. Without its functionality, no engine start is possible.
Even if you get your car serviced regularly, any potential faults on the starter motor cannot be noticed before they cause you any problems in most cases.
Wrong fuel in your car? It happens yearly to about 133,000 drivers. Don’t start your engine if you’ve misfuelled your car, all contaminated fuel has to be drained. Remember – green for petrol, black for diesel.
Engine temperature overheating
Overheating engines can be a top cause of breakdowns and engine damage. If your engine temperature warning lights on, there could be a problem with the engine cooling system. If there’s steam coming from the engine bay or the temperature warning light is on, pull over to the nearest safe spot and call assistance. Running with the engine, how could cause damage to the head gasket or damage the complete engine. Make sure you regularly check coolant, but always when the engine is cold.
Clutch kit replacement can be predicted by checking the operation of it. A worn clutch can have symptoms like a very high biting point, judder on takeoff, clutch pedal hard to operate. Have the clutch checked when you noticed signs of incorrect operation to avoid the inconvenience of being broken-down.
Other repairs that we perform in OGS Mechanics:
- Suspension & Shock Absorbers
- Timing Belt
- Tow Bar
- Electrical Work
- Engine rebuild
- Fault Seeking & Diagnostics
- Gearbox manual and automatic
- Glass & Windscreen
- Diagnostics, coding, programming