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Common Car Repairs

Every car has issues from time to time. No matter how well you treat your car, it will act up now and then, and require a repair or a preventative measure. Here are five of the most likely issues you’ll run into with your car.

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What are some Common Car problems?

Worn brake pads

Brakes are the most important safety feature on your car. A standard set of disc brakes functions in a pretty straightforward manner. When you press the brake pedal, brake fluid is carried through hydraulic lines to the brake caliper. The caliper uses the fluid to provide extra pressure for the brake pads, which clamp down on a spinning brake rotor. The force of the pads slows the spinning of the rotors, which are attached directly to the wheels and slows down the car.  

Every time you use your brakes, the pads get worn a little bit. Over time, they wear out to the point where they lose effectiveness, and need to be replaced. 

Oil change 

Cars use oil as a lubricant. The oil reduces the friction of the metal components in the engine. By reducing that friction, the oil keeps the engine from overheating, while also keeping the components from scraping and getting damaged. 

Over time, oil collects debris from the engine. It’s not healthy for the engine to circulate that debris with the rest of the lubrication, so the oil needs to be replaced with clean oil.  

Tire change and rotation 

 Tires are built to be durable, but, just like a pair of shoes, the rubber will eventually begin to wear. The more you use your tires, the more they’ll begin to wear. Eventually, the wear and tear gets strong enough that the tires can’t do their job well, and your car won’t grip the road as safely as it used to. At this point, the tires are also more liable to pop while you’re driving.  

Your tires often wear unevenly. This happens because the front and back of your car have different levels of road impact. Furthermore, if your vehicle isn’t perfectly aligned, the right and left tires will be subject to different levels of stress. A tire rotation will increase the time between tire changes. 

Dead battery 

The battery is responsible for starting your car. When you turn the car on, the battery sends electricity to the starter motor, which cranks the engine enough to get things going. The battery also is used to power the electronics in your car when the engine is off.  

Over time, batteries can die, due to corrosion, other failing electrical components, or simply running out of juice as they age. A battery can also stop working due to being overused without time to recharge, such as if you leave your lights on after turning off your car. When that happens, the battery will just need to be recharged. 

Poor engine performance

The engine in your car is made up of many different components. They all work in perfect tandem to make sure that the engine has the right amount of fuel and air, and to ensure that all the pieces are synchronized. 

When any of the numerous parts of your engine malfunction, it will be reflected in the engine’s performance. You might have a sputtering engine, or perhaps a loss of power. You also may notice a decrease in fuel efficiency.  

An engine that isn’t performing at its best can be a common symptom, though it can stem from many different issues.

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