Top 10 Car Issues That Need To Be Repaired

Because your car is a complicated machine, there are many different problems that can crop up over time. These ten issues need to be fixed as soon as possible.

1. Dead Battery

If your battery isn’t working, you won’t be able to use your car. Get someone to help you jump-start the vehicle, and then take it in to have the battery tested. The results will help you figure out whether to invest in a new battery or not.

2. Malfunctioning Catalytic Converter

The catalytic converter takes hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide, and nitrogen oxides and makes them harmless instead of poisonous. If the catalytic converter goes bad, it must be replaced, but it is an expensive fix. The price tag is often well over a thousand dollars.

3. Overheating

If your car begins to overheat, pull over to keep the engine from getting damaged. Roll down your windows and turn off the air conditioning. Pop the hood if necessary, but do not touch any of the car’s components because they could be hot. Get the vehicle to a mechanic as soon as possible.

4. Flat Tire

A flat tire makes it very difficult to drive your car. Keep your eye on the air pressure in your tires so that they aren’t as vulnerable to the stress of driving. Immediately pull over if you get a flat and take steps to purchase a new tire immediately.

5. Broken Oxygen Sensor

The oxygen sensor has a huge impact on your exhaust system. The older your car is, the more likely it is that the oxygen sensor will stop working as well. It costs a few hundred dollars to replace, but it is well worth the investment.

6. Missing Fuel Cap

A fuel cap seems like a small and unimportant part of your vehicle, but it has an impact on how well your engine performs. It doesn’t cost a lot to fix but it can make a big difference in how much you spend on gas.

7. & 8. Damaged Ignition Coil and Spark Plug

Particularly if you have an older car, you need to keep an eye on the spark plugs and ignition coil, which work together to help you drive your vehicle. It can be several hundred dollars to fix both of these components, but the price can go up if you don’t take care of them when there is an issue. If you suspect a problem, take the car into Ethan’s Honest Automotive right away!

9. Broken Wiper Blades

Imagine driving down the highway when it suddenly starts to rain. You turn on your wiper blades, only to have one of them break off and fly away. Most people don’t think about how important their wiper blades are until they aren’t working properly. Keep a spare set of wiper blades in your vehicle so that you can change them when necessary.

10. Burned Out Headlight Bulb

It’s not hard to replace your headlight bulb, and much like your wiper blades, it is a small but important part of your vehicle. Have some extra bulbs stored in the car for emergencies and make sure your owner’s manual is handy so that you can switch them out when necessary. If you aren’t confident in your ability to do so, go to your local mechanic to have it done quickly.

If any of these issues pop up with your vehicle, take the necessary steps to repair them and keep your car in good working order.