Experiencing a car breakdown is not pleasant. In addition to high repair costs, a breakdown can also be a stressful experience.
Allow us to show you the top 5 reasons for car breakdowns and how you can avoid them.
How: Battery failure is often caused by either corroded terminals, loose clamp connections or a loss of voltage if you often drive only short distances. It could also be a result of faulty or old battery that needs replacement.
What to do: Check that terminals have been cleaned and protected from corrosion with a layer of petroleum jelly or grease, and clamps and connections are secure. If you seldom make long journeys, do an overnight charge every two weeks.
Damaged or Flat Tyres
How: Over- or under-inflation, collisions, driving into potholes and curbs, or sharp, stray objects on the road can cause extensive damage to your tyres and/or rims.
What to do: You should check your tyres for visible signs of wear or damage every week or so. Ensure that you adjust your tyre pressures as per your handbook for different speeds and loads. Your car should be equipped with spare tyre and tyre changing tools in case you need to perform an emergency tyre change. For an added safety measure, you can get run-flat tyres.
Faulty Spark Plugs
How: Spark plugs are often a neglected part of the ignition system. Faulty spark plugs will lead to misfires, power loss, fuel wastage and uncontrollable shaking. This would damage your engine long before you lose the ability to start your car. If you ignore the worn spark plugs in your car, you’ll end up having to pay more for costlier repairs in the long run.
What to do: Avoid cutting corners. Regular maintenance and good quality spark plugs are the best solution here.
How: It may seem obvious, but you’ll be surprised at just how often breakdowns occur due to running out of fuel.
What to do: Avoid breakdowns like this by keeping an eye on your fuel gauge.
Starter Motor Failure
How: As the name suggests, this part is vital to start your engine and is a common cause of car breakdowns, but it can be tricky to troubleshoot this on your own.
What to do: The rule of thumb is: If you are having difficulties starting your vehicle, bring it to the mechanic for a check-up!
As you can see, regular car maintenance and good quality car parts are key to avoiding a car breakdown.