The worst thing about owning a new car is that nervous feeling of “I wonder what will go wrong with it first.” I know, it’s a terrible way to think, but I can’t help it. What I can do, however, is take amazing care of my car and try to prevent the most common car repairs.
7 Common Car Repairs
The 7 most common car repairs are battery replacement, replacing exterior lights, tire issues, spark plugs, loose fuel cap, oxygen sensor replacement and ignition coil issues. Let’s learn more about them and how to prevent them.
Almost everyone knows that feeling – getting in your car, turning it on…and nothing. A dead battery is super common but definitely not fun. Keep your battery in excellent shape by making sure all your interior and exterior lights are turned off before you leave. Keep some jumper cables in your car just in case.
Burned out headlights, taillights, and brake lights are super common and very easy to fix. If you want, you can even watch YouTube videos and learn how to change them yourself. There isn’t really a way to prevent this since bulbs just burn out from use.
Flat tires happen all the time, don’t worry if it happens to you. You can help your tires last longer by rotating them after every/other oil change. Drive slowly on dirt/gravel roads and don’t speed over railroad tracks.
Spark plugs blow out when the spark plugs are fastened too loosely or even too tight to the engine. Make sure your spark plugs are fastened perfectly to prevent having to replace them. Don’t worry if you have to replace them, it’s a simple and inexpensive repair. If you hear a ticking sound as you start your car, this could be a warning sign that the spark plugs need some attention.
Loose Fuel Cap
You won’t believe how many people go into the mechanic’s with a check engine light only to be told “it was just your fuel cap needed closed tighter.” It happens so often. If you get a strange warning light, try to tighten your fuel cap before going to the mechanic’s.
Oxygen Sensor Replacement
Oxygen sensors monitor the amount of oxygen in the exhaust gasses leaving the catalytic converter. These are extremely important if you hope to pass the emissions test. You can even replace these yourself. Replace the oxygen sensors often to prevent them from going out and failing tests.
Ignition Coil Replacement
Ignition coils are super important for your car to run properly and at its best. If an ignition coil is going bad, you’ll notice your car stalling, backfiring, or not starting correctly. Damaged or worn spark plugs can cause the ignition coils to wear down too, so keep your spark plugs in top shape.
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