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Monday, 08 January 2018 21:10

How to Fix Common Car Problems

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car engineYour car is more than likely your pride and joy, as it grants you with more freedom than you have ever had in your life.

The thought of a problem with the vehicle more than likely fills you with dread. For this reason, you should learn more about how to fix common car problems.

A Flat Tire

Most drivers with common sense should be able to fix a flat tire. Keep a spare in the trunk, which you will have to hand if you need it. There is often a small jack with a built-in lever and lug nut ratchet within the tire. Place the jack on the stable area of the frame, pump the vehicle up, and remove the lug nuts before applying the donut. You must make sure the nuts are tight before you slowly bring the jack down.

Rock Chips

One day your windshield is fine, and the next day you could find a rock chip. It doesn’t matter how small it is, the breakage is likely to spread if it is located eight inches between the top, bottom or sides of the windshield. It can therefore pose a serious health and safety hazard if left unrepaired. It is, therefore, essential to take your vehicle along to an automotive glass repair specialist, such as auto glass Katy TX, who can provide a quick and affordable windshield repair, so the car looks as good as new.

A Dead Battery

Leaving the lights on your vehicle will only equal one thing: a dead battery. In addition to turning your lights off when you step out the vehicle, you should also keep a battery charger in the car. However, a dead battery could also be due to a problem with the starter or alternator, so you may need to take it to an experience mechanic for a service. Also be wary of your car battery in colder weather, as it is more prone to dying in cooler temperatures.

Faulty Spark Plugs

Your car will struggle to start or run if you have a faulty spark plug, as they are responsible for sparking the combustion in an engine. Gunky or misfiring spark plugs could, therefore, prevent you from driving your car from A to B. All you need to do is pop the cover off the deep sockets, unscrew the plugs and replace them with clean, new plugs. It’s an easy fix, if they aren’t located in the back of the engine’s bay.

Oil Changes

Car owners should change their oil ever 3,000 to 5,000 miles, which will more than likely be determined by the oil you use and the age of the vehicle. However, don’t add any old car oil into the vehicle. You must ensure you add the right type of oil and oil filter, and the details can be found in either the owner’s manual or auto shop books. You’ll also need to know where the oil pan bolt and oil filter is located, as well as how much oil the engine can hold.

To change the oil, simply loosen the bolt to drain the old oil, before replacing the oil filter and filling the engine with new oil. Once you have done so, tighten the bolt back up. Always leave a little extra oil in the filter, and apply oil to the rubber ring for lubrication.

Last modified on Tuesday, 09 January 2018 21:24
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