Don't Stall Your Roadtrip With One Of These Common Car Problems
October 23, 2016
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Road trips are becoming very popular, and there is no wonder why! When you embark on a road trip, you have a lot of freedom and independence in your holiday. You won’t be tied to flight and train times and will be able to get to locations that are slightly off the beaten track.
However, you are tied to your car. And if your car runs into a problem, your whole journey could be stalled. Here are some common car issues and what you can do to prevent them.
Is your car refusing to turn on no matter how many times you try the key? It sounds like you might have a flat battery on your hands! This usually occurs if you haven’t used the car for a few days or you have only been using it for a lot of short journeys. This is because the battery won’t have had long enough to charge.
But don’t worry; it is easily fixed. All you need to do is jump start the car. All you need is some jumper cables to connect your battery to one in another car. Remember not to do this to a battery that is visibly leaking, though.
Cars run on either diesel or petrol. If you have a petrol car, you shouldn’t put diesel in it. And vice versa. If you do, you could end up damaging the engine. This is a very common issue, and over 150,000 drivers end up putting the wrong fuel in at the pumps each year. If you do end up putting petrol in diesel car engine or the other way around, you can contact a specialist firm to come and fix things for you.
The more miles your car does, the more stress the clutch cables have to cope with. They could end up slipping out of place or even burning out completely. If you notice that the clutch feels different when you press it in, you should get it checked out immediately. If you leave it, and something happens to it while you are driving, you will be in serious danger.
Ideally, you need to keep an eye on your tyres to make sure they always have enough tread on them. If you notice that the tread looks slightly faint, you need to get them changed. This is especially important if the tread looks uneven on each tyre. If your dashboard flashes you a message about your tyre pressure, you should also get this checked out straight away.
If you ever drive with heavy loads, such as a lot of luggage, you will need to change your tyre pressure. This helps the car grip the road pressure with the extra weight. If you aren’t sure how to do so, call in at your local garage before you set off. The mechanic will be happy to help you.
Don’t let your car stall your road trip; make sure you know all about the above common car problems!
*This post is contributed by Ellie Jo for Blissful Snapshots.