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What May Cause My Car To Break Down?


The modern automobile is an incredibly complex machine, comprising myriad small moving parts which combine to produce a vehicle that’s capable of doing all of the miraculous things that a car can do.Not only does this mean being able to move, but also to stop moving, and to do both without posing a danger to other road users.

Let’s examine some of the most common causes of breakdown, and how they might be avoided.

Battery problems

The largest chunk of car problems are caused by a faulty or otherwise flat battery.This is especially so during winter, when stuttering early-morning starts are a regular occurrence.

The lifespan of a battery can be reduced by making lots of very short journeys – as it’s on longer journeys that batteries are afforded the chance to generate a new charge.If you find that you’re not making these journeys often, then you might consider charging your battery yourself, overnight.

Key problems

If you lose your car keys, you’ll be unable to use your car.Most modern cars come with microchips that’ll provide an additional layer of security – and if you don’t have access to a spare, then you’ll be out of options when you lose the original.Fortunately, most breakdown services work in close collaboration with manufacturers to provide a replacement key, and to allow you to get into your vehicle in the short term.

Clutch problems

Clutch cables are what connects the clutch pedal mechanism to the clutch linkage.In older vehicles, this is literally done mechanically, with the depressing of the pedal pulling the linkage apart from the rest of the gearbox so that the gear can be safely changed.

Of course, this places a considerable amount of stress on the components involved, and will ultimately lead to the cable breaking.If you’re the owner of an older vehicle, you’ll want to ensure that your clutch is well looked after.The best way to do this is via regular servicing.

In more modern cars, on the other hand, this isn’t something you’ll need to spend much time worrying about.These older mechanical clutches have gradually been replaced with electrical ones, which attach to a potentiometer which sends a current to the gearbox.They’re considerably longer-lasting and more reliable.

Wrong fuel

As anyone who’s ever visited a petrol station will have noticed, there are several different sorts of fuel available, to meet the needs to the different sorts of engine.Fill your car with the wrong one, and you risk doing serious damage to your engine – and you won’t get anywhere fast.Fortunately, petrol pump manufacturers have come up with a solution:the diesel nozzle is fatter than the unleaded one, and so won’t fit inside an unleaded tank.Of course, that’s all well and good if you’re looking to prevent diesel going into an unleaded-driven vehicle; if you’re looking to prevent the opposite, then you’ll need to simply keep paying attention.As with many things on the road, there’s no substitute for attentiveness!

Starter Motor problems

The starter motor is the device that initially turns your engine when you key the ignition.Without this device, the internal combustion process wouldn’t have the chance to get started.Starter motors work by attaching to the engine via a special gear on the end of a rod.As the key is turned, this gear slides into place and begins rotating the engine, allowing oxygen to be drawn into the cylinders.

Mercifully, starter motors don’t tend to fail very easily.If you’re careful to get your car constantly serviced, then there shouldn’t be any need to replace starter motor components.If the worst should happen, your garage should be able to find Ford, BMW and Audi starter motors available online.

Alternator problems

Of course, having a working battery and starter motor won’t do you any good if you don’t have a means of charging the battery.In modern vehicles, this is the duty of the alternator.If you find that your headlights are persistently dimming whilst the engine is idle, then this will likely indicate a problem with the alternator.

In older vehicles where the alternator is belt driven, the belt might break.This will need to be remedied immediately, as it’ll prevent the water pump from being driven, too.If you notice the temperature of your engine suddenly skyrocketing, then you’ll want to get your car to a mechanic as soon as possible.