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3 Common Car Problems & How To FIx Them

On Monday, September 21st, 2015

We don’t all have to be qualified car mechanics to solve the most common car problems. Because they tend to happen a lot, if you are calling out a specialist every time, then it’s going to cost you a lot of money. Sure, there are things that you are best avoiding – especially if you want a drivable car for the foreseeable future. However, learning the basics can help save you money – and the time it takes for a mechanic to get to you when you break down. Let’s take a look at three of the most common car problems and go through how you can fix them.

Flat TyresFlat Tyres

Flat tyres are as common as muck – no matter how well you treat them. When you are traveling at speed down the motorway, for example, there’s no way that you are going to avoid a nail or shard of glass that is lying there. However, if the worst happens, they are easy to fix – as long as you have the right tools with you. To start with, always make sure you have a spare tyre in the boot. And, if you use it, make it a priority to get a replacement in there as soon as possible.

Buying a new tyre usually comes with a little bonus attached – a jack that you can use to lift your car up for changing wheels. You will also need a socket so that you can get the nuts off your wheel, should you have to. The rest is easy. Make sure that you are safe and off the road. Put the jack underneath the car on a stable surface, and pump up your car. Once it is high enough, take off the nuts with your socket, remove the tyre and replace it. Make sure that you screw on the nuts tightly, and you’re done!

Dead Battery

Dead batteries happen all of the time, and in general, are an easy fix. Again, though, it’s an easy fix. You will need someone with a car to help, and a set of jumper cables. Find their car battery, make sure the engine is off and link the positive jumper to the positive output of the battery. Now do the same to your car. Start the other car and let the engine run for a few minutes, before starting your engine. You should have a little juice to get your ignition, and the job’s a good one.

However, as is usually the case, prevention is always better than the cure. Get into the habit of checking your lights are off when you leave your vehicle, and listen out for the signs your battery is running out. All batteries need replacing at some point, so check out this guide on how to tell if you need a new car battery. It should give you everything you need to know.

Keys Locked On The Inside

Finally, one fix that probably does need a professional – locking your keys in your vehicle. However, once again, it’s best to think about prevention rather than reaction. Get into the habit of having a spare key on your person or in your bag.

If the worst happens, then think about the costs involved before you make any decision. If you are miles from nowhere, it might be cheaper for you to smash through your passenger window and replace it, rather than pay for a call out. Or, you could try one of these methods.

Well, we hope that has helped you see how easy it is to fix these common car problems. It should save you money in the long term, so get practising!

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