A vehicle consists of many mechanisms, prone to malfunctioning, and even the most expensive cars aren’t safe there. And it’s completely normal. A good driver who knows cars can evaluate how many ears a detail would serve by only looking at it. But if you are a newbie, or not that interested in vehicles, any breakage can be a huge surprise. That’s why we collected some of the most occurring problems that could happen to your car, so that you would be able to identify the issue better and immediately call the tech service:
- A car doesn’t start
You shouldn’t’t be a wiz kid to detect it, since it’s the most occurring problem to vehicles and the ‘symptoms’ are quite comprehensible. Most times, it happens because of a discharged accumulator. Usually, the car can be started by pushing it and restarting the motor, with an automatic, a robot, a CVT, or by charging from another car. If your accumulator died, buy a new one. You should buy a new accumulator every three years or every 80-100 thousand kilometers. Be sure to buy an accumulator that is suitable for your car in terms of voltage, inrush current and dimensions. Your car might not start due to these problems:
-Plugs. No spark – no ride. If you see soot, sludge, or rust – it’s time to switch spark plugs.
- Starter. Most often, the problem is due to wear and tear of the actuator. In general, there can be a lot of problems with the starter, so if the car does not start, and everything is OK with the plugs and the battery, then most likely the starter flopped.
- The fuel pump. If the starter works, the plugs sparkle, the battery is fully charged, but the engine does not start, it’s time to take your baby to the service station.
- “Check engine” problem
The Check engine icon may light up on the dashboard, and this does not mean that your engine is dying and you have to switch it. This icon may appear due to many reasons. For example, in some French cars you may see a Check engine sign if you filled a tank with a wrong gas type. It’s easier to buy a car diagnostic scanner that connects to the OBD-II connector or ask a tech what’s the problem.
- High fuel consumption rate
Ever wonder why your car takes so much gas? If you like to speed up, there is no mystery. But if you are a smooth rider and always choose the first speed, but your gas consumption is huge as hell, there might be some other problems with several details - fuel or air filters, mass air flow sensor, lambda probe. Filters can be changed independently, but with other problems, you are welcome to the service station.
- High cylinder oil flow
Most often, the problem happens during prolonged operation of the engine at minimum speed. At such speeds, the pressure in the engine is low, the fuel does not burn out completely, and the tightness of the cylinders reduces, which is why a thick oil film is formed on its walls. Also, the problem can be observed in case of problems with the air intake system, valve mechanism, turbocharger and crankcase ventilation.
- Engine overheating problem
You might have seen it, especially during hot summer. If this happened while driving, stop, turn off the ignition and wait at least ten minutes, and preferably half an hour. It’s crucial to wait, because by abruptly unscrewing the radiator plug overheated, you risk getting a stream of boiling water in your face. Most likely, the reason for boiling in the fallen off pipe or in the tank. A torn or cracked pipe can be fixed in place with a cable tie or bandaged with electrical tape, but keep in mind that this is a temporary measure. Go to the service station and get a car diagnosis.