There are few things as frustrating as getting in your car, beginning your journey, and then breaking down before you reach your destination. Having your car break down and needing to call roadside assistance or have your vehicle towed can quickly ruin your day. Some of the most common causes of a break down include:
Battery problems are a very common cause of break downs, especially if you don't drive your vehicle every day or if your commute is short and your battery doesn't have the opportunity to recharge. You can help prevent these problems by having your battery checked regularly at an auto repair shop—when the charge is low and the battery is almost dead, you will have the opportunity to replace it before it leaves you stranded in a parking lot or on the side of the road.
Damage to Tires
A flat tire can be a hassle to change, so make sure you get into the routine of checking your tires regularly. If you notice that the tread has worn away, make sure you replace your tires promptly to prevent a dangerous tire blow out. It is also a good idea to check your spare tire every couple of months to make sure that it is in good condition—the last thing you want is to have to change your tire only to find out that the spare is flat too. In addition, if you hit a curb or large pothole while driving, have the tires checked out to make sure they weren't damaged.
If your battery is in good condition but you experience problems starting or notice that the lights are dimming, your vehicle's alternator most likely needs to be replaced. Don't ignore these signs—eventually your car will not start when the alternator fails completely and you'll have to have your car towed if this happens while you're away from home.
Problems with the Cooling System
The cooling system is essential for keeping the inside of your car at the proper temperature and preventing the engine and transmission from getting too hot. If you're coolant level gets too low, or if there is a problem with the water pump or radiator, your vehicle can overheat and you won't be able to continue driving. Be diligent about watching the thermostat on your dash, and cease driving if you notice it getting high. Also, make sure you have the cooling system serviced on a regular basis.
For more information or assistance, contact companies like Collins Service Center.
My father had a pickup truck as I was growing up, and I loved riding in it. When I was finally old enough to drive, I found a great deal on a compact car that was too good to pass up on my part-time job budget. When I finally made enough cash to trade in my car for a pickup truck, I was excited to drive that baby around town. I went driving out in the country immediately to see what my new truck could do, but I got into trouble fast and got stuck in the mud. A tow truck was able to get me out, but my friends never forgot about that day and still tease me about it. I wanted to make a blog to share my automobile tips and what I have learned about tow trucks since then. I hope you enjoy my posts!