If you are someone who has ever attempted to repair your own car then you will no doubt have experienced just one of the thousands of problems that can occur when trying to fix a car. Should you be interested in finding out a few of the most common problems that occur when it comes to fixing a car then take a look at this list. You might think that some of them couldn’t possibly be in the top 10 but these are common knowledge within the industry and if you still don’t believe then all you need to do is ask a professional in your local garage.
10. Customized Nonstandard Add-Ons
Most of us are guilty of adding some add-on accessory such as a new radio, alarm system, satnav and even extra lights to our cars. This might be helpful to us and make our car look better but it can divert power from other systems or even in some cases cause power outages. These outages can be caused by incorrect installation and exposed wires that either come into contact with other wires or might have gotten damp at some point. If you want to install some add-on into your car and are not 100% sure of what you are doing we recommend taking it to the auto-shop and having an expert do it. As they say, better safe than sorry after all.
You wouldn’t believe how many times a gasket gets put on incorrectly. Not making sure that your gasket is not sitting properly can lead to reduced fuel efficiency in your car and a shorter life expectancy for the gasket also.
8. Ignition Coils
Ignition coils are an essential part of the ignition system that generates the spark that brings the engine to life. Repairing ignition coils can be a tricky business even if you have all the right tools. It is strongly recommended that if you have a problem with your ignition coils that you get the car to the garage and let an expert take a look at them.
7. Coolant Sensor
Defective coolant sensors can in the worst case scenario end up with a blown engine. Since there is no other way while on the road to tell how hot your engine really is the coolant sensor is one of the most important parts in the car. If your car starts leaking water you might not actually notice it and this is where the coolant sensor comes in. It will record the remaining fluids increasing ability to get rid of all that engine heat resulting in the temperature rising and you being alerted to something being wrong.
In most cases, a defective coolant sensor won’t lead to a catastrophe unless you are unlucky enough to spring a leak at the same time or have something else major go wrong. To ensure that this sensor is working properly you should have it checked in the auto shop to be on the safe side.
6. Exhaust Recirculation Valve
This value is an essential part of your car’s exhaust system and should it fail will not only cause your car’s engine to run inefficiently but will also result in your car’s emissions exceeding the levels set out by the government. This is an extremely common issue that often goes overlooked.
5. Spark Plugs
We have already seen how important the ignition coils are and spark plugs are no different. These are commonly regarded as being easy enough to replace on your own but in many modern cars they can be a nightmare to get to and may involve taking off many other components just to reach them.
4. Mass Air Flow Sensor.
This is another sensor that should it fail it could have potentially huge problems for the car. You can help to avoid this problem by frequently replacing the air filter to ensure that your cars air flow is always sufficient and free of dirt. The problem is that you can’t actually check the sensor yourself so you should get it regularly checked at your local auto shop who have all the specialist equipment needed to do so.
3. Catalytic Converter
The exhaust system in your car is one of those components like the tires and oil that will need regular changes throughout your cars life. The catalytic converter is part of this system and helps to remove some of the carbon from the tailpipe emissions. The degradation or failure of this system will cause your emissions to spike and if unrepaired cause your car to fail road safety testing. Fortunately, this problem can be detected at the garage in a second using an emissions probe. Regular maintenance will also help to avoid this problem.
2. Loose Fuel Caps
How many of us have gone to the gas station to refuel and only realized when we got to our destination that the fuel cap wasn’t put back properly. Many cars have sensors which trigger the engine lights to come on as a warning the cap is not closed. Driving with a loose fuel cap has a negative effect on fuel economy and also risks letting dirt get into your fuel tank which could end up clogging up your fuel line causing your engine to cut out.
1. Oxygen Sensors
With modern cars relying so heavily on electronics any sensor failure can have a big impact. Arguably the most important sensor to fail is the oxygen sensor as this will immediately have an impact on your car’s internal engine management system and effect how efficiently the engine is running. In the past, carburetors were calibrated for the best oxygen and fuel mixture while idling but this resulted in fuel efficiency that was nowhere near as good as when being micromanaged by an onboard computer. On certain model cars, these sensors are quite prone to failure which is why it’s defiantly worth heading to the garage to get it checked.
Well there you go, those are the top 10 repairs that have to be made to automobiles. If you experience any problem with your car the natural tendency is to let it go to see if it gets worse. This is more often than not a big mistake as it often leads to expensive parts wearing out and also other parts being caused to fail also. Just think of driving on a flat tire that could easily be repaired with a new inner tube. If you continue to drive the next thing to be ruined will by the tire itself and finally, the whole wheel, which to replace will cost you a fair bit of cash. So if in doubt bring it into your local auto shop to get it checked out as soon as you can.