What are the Most Popular Causes of Breakdowns and How to Avoid Them
It’s that time of the year again, the clocks have gone forward, lighter nights are here and we’re all looking forward to getting out on the open road and enjoying what spring has to offer.
At Fergies we’re keen to keep you on the road and free from motoring hassle, which is why we thought it’d be a good idea to let you know the common breakdowns we see, and what you can do to avoid them.
A lot of people assume that it’s only older vehicles that experience breakdowns on the road, but in reality, it doesn’t matter how old your car is. There is the possibility that it could break down. When you’ve got places to go, this is definitely the last thing that you need.
How can you lower the risk of this happening to you? The best way to stop breakdowns before they happen is to take your car for regular services or vehicle health checks.
Let’s look at some common causes of breakdowns and how Fergies can help.
There are a lot of objects on the road that can damage your tyres. Unfortunately, many of them can’t be avoided and you may not realise what has happened until you have driven over them. But there are some ways you can look after your tyres and minimise the risk of damage arising.
This includes having the pressure and tread checked. Ensuring your spare tyre is inflated and roadworthy or keeping an inflation kit to hand will ensure you’re back on the road with the minimum of fuss.
The best way you can avoid flat tyres is to book your vehicle in for a vehicle health check. We’ll be able to advise you when you need to replace your tyres as well as spot any other immediate issue that might cause a breakdown.
A Dead Battery
There is nothing worse than leaving for work in the morning and discovering your car won’t start. This could be down to a flat battery if you’ve accidentally left your lights or an interior light on overnight. We recommend keeping jump cables in your car for occasions like this.
This can get your engine started again, but in some cases, you may need to get your battery replaced at your local garage.
Once you’ve got your vehicle started, give Fergies a call to ensure you don’t have an ongoing fault that will leave you stranded again.
Trouble with the Brakes?
You can never tolerate problems with your brakes. This can be dangerous for you and your family. So, if you notice that your brakes are acting up, it’s best to head to your local garage. An experienced mechanic will be able to identify what is wrong, whether it’s your brake pads or brake fluids.
Problem with the Starter Motor
If you’re having problems starting your engine, there could be an issue with your starter motor. This is the part of your car that is responsible for turning over the engine until it starts.
In this situation, it would be advisable to make an appointment for a diagnostic evaluation to ensure the root cause of the fault is identified. This is something that we can help you with and it will avoid unnecessary repairs.
Usually, this problem can be avoided by having your car serviced regularly as we check the starting and charging system on even the smallest service.
Using the Wrong Fuel
Have you ever pulled up to the petrol station and used the wrong fuel? Don’t worry, you‘re not the only driver that’s done this before.
But the bad news is that you’re going to need your system flushed to remove the wrong fuel. This can be done by a skilled mechanic. You should have this done immediately to avoid damage to your engine.
A Fault with the Alternator
The alternator helps to charge your battery. This means that when there’s a problem, it could lead to a flat battery and lead to trouble starting your engine. If you notice small changes, such as dimmed headlights, this could be a sign that your alternator has a fault.
An Overheated Engine
If you think that your car engine is overheating, it’s recommended that you stop driving. This can be dangerous. You may notice that your temperature gauge is in the red, which signals that it’s overheating.
If this happens, call us immediately as a skilled technician is going to be able to help you in this situation. It may be that you just need more coolant, but it could also be a problem that requires more attention.
An Issue with Ignition System
One reason why your car may be misfiring is because of a faulty ignition coil. This can happen with wear and tear and it can mean that the spark is not enough to ignite the mixture in the cylinder. If you think that this could be the problem with your vehicle, it’s time to call one of our experienced diagnostic technicians to get it checked out.
Clutch Cables Have Broken
Every time you drive, you use your gearbox and this includes the clutch linkage. This means that over time, it can suffer from wear and tear. So, if your gears are grinding or the clutch feels different, this could be a sign that the clutch cables have broken. To avoid experiencing a breakdown, take your car to a local garage for a service. Prevention is always preferable to cure and normally more cost effective as well.
Trouble Free Motoring
At Fergies, our aim is to keep you on the road in a car you can trust without breaking down. This is why we have a maintenance plan that offers great value and peace of mind. So whether you need a quick vehicle health check, a service or major overhaul, give us a call as we’re here to help.