What are the most common car faults?

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What are the most common car faults?

Here are six common faults we see all the time here at Ana Motors.

Car garages are more than used to seeing all kinds of car and van faults. This is exactly what keeps our job so interesting, challenging and rewarding. Despite this, there are a number of faults which we see a little more often than others. As well as this, no matter how big or small a fault may appear, the longer you leave a car fault or issue unattended, the more costly and damaging it could turn out to be in the long run. What could have been a quick fix may end up needing a replacement part fitted which can run the risk of being far more costly. So with this in mind, let's take a look at some of the most common faults we see in our garage here at Ana Motors Artane.

Warning Lights

Once your engine control unit has detected an issue, a warning light will typically be displayed. This light indicates which part of your vehicle is causing the issue, for instance your oil pressure light, brake system light or temperature warning light. However, there are so many potential warning codes which you may see that we recommend seeking the help of a professional should you encounter any which you are unfamiliar with. It is also important to make sure you do not simply ignore any warning lights which appear on your dashboard.

Dead Battery

Why does a car battery die? There are numerous potential causes for a dead battery. These include leaving your headlights on for an extended period, a damaged battery connection or your battery is failing to charge while you are driving. In many cases, your car can be started using jump leads. However, if you cannot restart your car using jump leads, this may be an indication that you are facing a more serious issue. In any case, a dead battery is an issue which is always an inconvenience.

Clutch Problems

Problems with your clutch are another very common issue we face here at Ana Motors. There are also numerous indications that you may be experiencing clutch issues which typically surface while you are out driving. These include difficulty changing gear, your clutch feeling spongy or light or a strong burning smell emanating while you drive. We have discussed these issues in detail recently, so why not check out our guide to all things clutch related to learn more about some of the common clutch problems we face here.

Brake Squeaking

Squeaking brakes are something which are not only irritating, but potentially dangerous and an issue which should never be ignored. Since the primary role of your brakes is to stop your car safely, it is very important to make sure they are in full working order at all times. But what causes brakes to squeak? There are a number of reasons as to why your brakes may be squeaking, ranging from worn brake pads to simply braking too aggressively. So if you notice anything peculiar regarding your brakes, be sure to seek the advice of a professional mechanic as soon as possible.

Flat Tyre?

Flat tyres can be caused when your vehicle comes into contact with a sharp object. However, tyres can also become flat once they have outlived their expected lifespan. In order to avoid a flat time, we recommend carrying out regular checks on your tyre pressure, as well as visually inspecting your tyres for obvious damage. In some cases, a slow puncture may be the cause of the trouble. In this case, the damage to your tyre may not be easy to spot and will result in your tyres going flat gradually over time.

Car wont start?

This is often caused by battery related issues or issues with your alternator or your starter. If your battery is dead or dying or the connections are too loose or indeed damaged by corrosion, then this may stop your car starting. If you can successfully start your car using jump leads, then this is a sure sign that it is battery or alternator issues which are causing your trouble.

If you have been experiencing any of these issues, why not pay us a visit here at Ana Motors. Our garage is located in Artane, Dublin 5 and we offer a comprehensive range of services. No matter your car or van issue, it is our job to fix it and get you back on the road!

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