Car breakdowns are scary, especially if you have never experienced one before. It is important to know the common reasons behind it so you can take steps to prevent yourself from being stranded on a deserted road. Here are 5 of the most common reasons for car breakdowns:
- Electrical faults
Our cars are increasingly becoming more complex and reliant on electrical components. There is virtually nothing we can do about this except getting your car regularly serviced and taking it in immediately at the first sign of any trouble.
- Flat Tyres
10% of all emergency calls are related to tyre damage. It is important to check for tread wear, tyre pressure and damage to tyres. While most of us think we are equipped to check for these ourselves, usually we do not do it correctly.
- Engine overheating
Engine overheating is a serious problem that could cause extensive damage to your car. The main causes are a stuck thermostat, a leak in the cooling system, a malfunction in the water pump and a clogged radiator. It is important to get help from your car service provided immediately in such an event.
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- Battery problems
The most common reason out of this list is a flat or faulty battery. This is usually due to battery terminals being corroded, preventing the battery from charging and old age. Another reason for a flat battery is leaving your lights, radio etc. on overnight. These usually require the battery to be replaced or jump started. To prevent this from happening to you, you should check your battery every month and go for regular servicing.
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- Lubrication failure
It is important to regularly check your oil level and oil clarity and get your oil changed if the need arises. While this is a simple task to do, it is usually forgotten. Regular servicing is essential so that you don’t experience engine lubrication failure.
Most of these problems can be prevented with regular servicing of your cars. But unforeseen circumstances could crop up and its important to have your car servicer’s number with you at all times.
Written by: Merryl
H/T: Select Benefits