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Most Common Car Problems and Issues

Most Common Car Problems and Issues

Vehicles are impressive, yet complex, machines. There are several components that must work in perfect unison in order to for the vehicle to perform normally. While most vehicles are built with durable parts that are able to withstand a variety of conditions, over time, all components tend to wear out or break down. If you suspect that your car, truck, or SUV may not be performing as it normally would, it may mean that one or more component needs to be changed. Here are some common signs to look for to determine if there is an issue with your vehicle.



  1. Squealing Breaks



If you hear a loud squeal or squeaking sound when you press your brake pedal, it could mean that the brakes need to be replaced. Over time, the brake pad will grind down to expose the metal of the brakes. Once the brake pads are completely worn out, it will take longer for your vehicle to stop and could cause a more costly problem if it is not fixed soon.



  1. Dead Battery



Your vehicle's battery should be good for at least three years. If you notice that your car's battery is constantly dying, and it is fairly new, you should take your vehicle to a service department as soon as possible. The problem could be that you have a faulty battery. Or there could be another problem with your vehicle, including a bad alternator.



  1. Check Engine Light


All vehicles come equipped with a warning light to let you know that a vital part of the car is not working properly. When this light comes on, it should not be ignored. Take your vehicle to a trusted service centre to find out what is causing the light to come on. A service technician can run a diagnostic test to find what is causing the problem.



  1. Not Fuel Efficient



If you notice that you are having to stop at the pumps more often than you normally would, it could mean that there is a problem with the engine. Several components under the hood, including fuel filters and O2 sensors, can help the fuel economy ratings of your vehicle. When these components are not working properly, your vehicle could start burning fuel at a higher rate than usual.



  1. Slow to Start


If you notice that it is taking your vehicle longer than normal for the engine to start, there could be several things causing this. Sometimes, cold weather will cause your vehicle longer than normal to turn over. Other causes include a faulty fuel pump, starter, or a bad battery. If the problem continues to persist, you should take your vehicle to get inspected sooner rather than later.



  1. Rough-Shifting Automatic Transmission



For the most part, you should not be able to feel the automatic transmission shift gears. However, if you start to notice that the transmission is shifting rougher than usual, this could mean that there is something wrong with the transmission system.



  1. Frequent Overheating


All vehicles come equipped with a cooling system to help ensure that the engine does not get too hot. This complex system consists of a series of pumps, sensors, and hoses that work together. If one of these components becomes damaged, it could cause the entire system to not work properly, which could cause your engine to overheat easily.

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