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5 Car Faults You Need To Fix Today

Cars break down. It usually happens at the most inconvenient times. When is it ever convenient for the car to stop working? Of course, many breakdowns actually start with a fault that could have been fixed before things got worse. And some of the faults are often signs that something is very, very wrong with your vehicle. Here are just 5 car faults you really shouldn’t ignore – get them fixed today!

Anything On A Recall List

Do check the recall list for your manufacturer. It’s rare that vehicles have to be recalled, but when they are, it’s for very good reasons. Faulty bonnet catches, parking brakes that fail, and even engine fires have been reported before a manufacturer issues a recall. Usually, a letter is sent to the first registered owner. If that wasn’t you or you’ve moved house, you might not find out about it until it’s too late. Check the list, and opt-in for updates if you’re worried.

Engine Warning Light

That warning light is there for a reason. It actually means danger. Sure, your car is still going, and everything feels fine. But what if there is a blockage and poisonous fumes are getting into your car? You might not even know about it until you’ve lost consciousness at sixty miles per hour. Pull over and call for help. It’s better to get it fully checked out rather than risk something nasty. Even if it just cuts out while you’re on the road, that can be dangerous for you and every other driver out there.

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Damage To Tire

You’ve spotted a nail in your wheel, but the pressure seems OK. Leave it, right? Not if you want to be safe on the road. You might be at risk of a dramatic blowout that causes you to lose control of your vehicle. Even if the puncture slowly leaks air, chances are you’re on an undriveable flat before you get home. Do you really want to risk being stranded with a flat? Come on – nobody likes changing wheels on the highway! If you’re not too confident about changing them, head to an auto repair center so the wheel can be checked thoroughly.

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Lights Not On

Beyond the safety aspect, tail lights and headlights that aren’t on after dark will cause you more problems than you want. You’re going to be earmarked for a pull-over by law enforcement. This can make you late, delay you getting home, and warrant a full police check! They might also query every other dent, bump or scratch on your vehicle. Avoid the hassle by pulling into a good garage now and getting fresh bulbs for your lamps.

Damage To The Windscreen

Any chip can quickly and easily turn into a crack. Sudden changes in temperature or a downpour of rain might be all it takes. Of course, once it has cracked, it’s not likely to be legal to drive. This can result in you being pulled over and the car being towed away! Not convenient at all. Perhaps worse still is the fact that a collision or bird impact could cause the glass to shatter all over you. It’s dangerous, so get it fixed today.

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Affordable Ways To Fix Up Your Car

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Car repairs aren’t cheap. However, there are ways to drastically lower your costs when fixing up your vehicle. Here are a few cost-cutting tips to consider before you head to your local mechanic.

Shop around for repair services

Car repair prices will vary widely. It’s worth getting multiple quotes from repair centres in your area. There are comparison sites for comparing mechanics in your area. Make sure to also check out online reviews as these will give you an idea of how reliable each mechanic is – a company charging a very cheap rate may be making up for a bad reputation.  

Buy parts yourself

Most repair centres will aim to make a profit off of parts. By sourcing them yourself online, you may be able to save money. Second-hand parts will be cheaper, but be wary of opting for these as they’re likely to fail again quicker. This is especially the case with partially worn tyres, which although cheap are likely to need replacing again in a couple months. Always buy from trusted parts dealers – read reviews just to be certain.

Try DIY repairs

There are lots of repairs that can be attempted oneself to save money. You may want not want to attempt many jobs under the bonnet, but tasks such as replacing headlight bulbs and even brake pads can be done oneself with minimal risk (watch Youtube tutorials and read how-to guide online). There are also plenty of hacks out there to repair aesthetic damage. Did you know that many scratches can be concealed with toothpaste, or that you may be able to fix a dent with a plunger? Obviously, you shouldn’t trust everything you read on the internet, so always read up on these hacks before following through.

Can you make a legal claim?

In the event of an accident, a car accident attorney may be able to help you claim some money to put towards repairs. This is useful if your insurer isn’t paying up a lot or if you have a high deductible. There are also other situations where you may be able to make a legal claim such as falling debri from a building or potentially even an unmarked obstacle in the road left by a construction company.

Know when to take preventative action

Sometimes it can pay to get repairs done that aren’t mandatory. For example, if brake pads are looking fairly worn and a mechanic highly suggests getting them fixed, it could be worth heeding their advice as allowing the brake pads to completely fail could cause further damage as a knock-on result. Make sure to also keep on top of regular fluid checks and don’t ignore warning lights. It can also be worth researching your car model online to check for regular faults so that you know when to spot the early warning signs.

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4 Car Maintenance Tricks That No One Ever Told You About

Everyone who owns a car knows that your vehicle is going to cost you a lot of money in “hidden” fees. Outside of mandatory payments such as insurance, the additional fees you need to pay to repair and maintain your car will eat a huge chunk of your wallet and unless you change the way you drive your vehicle, it’s unlikely that you will ever stop them taking large amounts of money from you. So to help you reduce the amount of money you pay for your vehicle, here are 4 unique car maintenance tricks that no one has ever told you about.

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Preparing Your Car for Another Season

Let’s face it, how many of us actually prepare our vehicles for another season? Do you change to winter tires when the roads are frosty and do you bother changing back when the heat arrives? Not all of us bother with changing these things because they take a lot of work, but if you want to save money on maintaining your vehicle, then you need to get used to switching out the tires. If you can’t do this at home because you lack the equipment, then you can always ask a car-savvy friend to help. Otherwise, you’ll need to resort to asking your local mechanic for advice.

You Can Fix Many Issues Yourself

Unless you’re absolutely clueless about your vehicle, you can actually fix many issues by yourself without needing to pay your mechanic a dime. Of course, you may need to buy the parts yourself and if you go into it without any research, you might just do more damage to your car than fix it. However, things like changing windshield wipers, cleaning out the air filters and changing spark plugs can easily be done on your own. DIY car maintenance isn’t uncommon and with enough knowledge, you could save yourself thousands in car repair fees.

Preventive Measures Are Cheaper

Whether it’s learning how to drive defensively or how to treat your engine right when driving, it’s always best to focus on preventive measures as opposed to maintenance tricks to use AFTER your car has suffered damage. Learn to do your own vehicle inspection and learn the many ways that you can accidentally kill your vehicle. Visit this link if you want a more thorough guide on how you’re actually driving incorrectly and how you can improve your vehicle’s reliability. Remember that everything from cleaning the vehicle to driving slowly can count as a preventive measure!

Read the Manual

This sounds silly, but do you even have the manual to your car still? If you don’t, then go and print one off as soon as possible or ask your manufacturer for a copy. The manual will show you absolutely everything you need to know about your vehicle and you should be treating it like a toilet ready. Always pick at it when you have time and learn every single thing you can about your vehicle. It will tell you how often you need to change certain components, the right type of oil to use and how to use all the complicated bits of technology that are in your car.