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Have you ever put 300,000 miles on a car? While it’s possible, most drivers average around 150,000 miles before their car starts costing a significant amount of money for repairs.
Now you’re wondering how close you can get to 300,000.
It’s all about taking care of your ride, which means you’ll need to understand common car problems. Take a minute and learn about three issues you might experience with your vehicle and what you can do to take care of them.
You Turn the Key and Nothing Happens
One of the most common and most frustrating car issues is when you try to start the car, but nothing happens. You wait for the roar of the engine, and all you hear is crickets.
You may have a dead battery, corrosion on the battery cables, or a bad starter.
With the right equipment, you can check the voltage on the battery. It might need a recharge, but since batteries don’t have an infinite lifecycle, be ready to buy a replacement. If you notice corrosion on the cables, you can often resolve your car trouble by cleaning with baking soda, hot water, and an old toothbrush.
Unfortunately, you can’t repair a bad starter, but you can have a new one installed.
Smoke Under the Hood
If you notice smoke coming from under the hood of your car, pull over as soon as possible! Smoke usually means an overheating engine, which can result in a severe and costly automotive problem!
Several things can cause your engine to overheat, including:
- Low Coolant
- Faulty Thermostat
- Broken Water Pump
- Cooling System Leak
- Clogged Hose
- Bad Radiator
- Worn or Burst Hoses
- Broken Belts
Most cooling system repairs won’t cost a fortune. However, ignoring the problem could drain your bank account if you need to replace the engine. If you’re a backyard mechanic, go for it, but if not, get your car to a repair shop right away!
Your Vehicle Will Not Get Up and Go
When your engine can’t get from 0 to 55 without acting sluggish, you need a mechanic!
You may be getting a bad mix of air and fuel. You may also have a weak ignition system. You can try cleaning the fuel injectors, but if you continue having this problem with your car, get help!
Sometimes faulty sensors cause acceleration problems. A professional mechanic should check for a defective throttle position sensor. Faulty MAP, which stands for manifold absolute pressure, can also cause sluggish engine behavior.
Depending on the issue, you may need to research lemonlaw. Some vehicles experience enough problems to entitle the owner to a free repair or total vehicle replacement.
Ready to Tackle Common Car Problems?
The issues discussed in today’s post cover only a few issues the average driver experiences with their vehicle. You may face other common car problems not mentioned here.
The good news is you can check out our archives. We’ve put together a collection of articles on topics of interest to drivers who experience trouble with cars. Take a few minutes and learn more about your vehicle!