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Pothole Strikes, Clutch Cable Stress, And Other Reasons Your Car Is About To Fail You

On Tuesday, October 11th, 2016

Our cars aren’t exactly the most reliable of beasts. An article in the Telegraph points out that an astonishing one-third of us will experience a breakdown in the next 12 months. With the prognosis so poor, it’s worth having a think about why that is. Isn’t it?

Flat tire

You’ve Been Giving Driving Lessons

Flat batteries are usually the result of one of two things. Either, you’ve been on a bunch of ridiculously short “journeys.” Or your battery has just run out of steam, and it’s time for a new one. Let’s investigate the first possibility. One of the main reasons for battery failure is handing your car over to a learner driver. Learner drivers have an uncanny ability to stall cars over and over again. And this takes it’s toll on the battery. If your battery is a little older, it may not be able to handle repeated restarts of the engine. As a result, you could find yourself having to wait for a tow truck when it fails.

The best way to deal with the second possibility is to get it checked when your car goes for its service. You can also check your battery before you go on long journeys, just in case.

It’s also possible that you don’t have a problem with the battery, but rather the alternator. It could be that your car isn’t charging the battery when the engine is on. If you notice dim headlights, this could be the reason.

You’ve Damaged Your Wheels But Didn’t Realize It

There’s a lot of things that can end up severely damaging your wheels. The most common are pothole and curb strikes. If your wheel has hit something, it could be out of line. This, in turn, can hurt fuel efficiency. But more importantly, it changes the way that the tyre wears. Rather than wearing evenly all over, it starts to wear only on one side. If it’s left long enough, the tyre will burst, and you’ll end up in a dangerous situation. The good news is that there’s a lot you can do to remedy this. The first thing you can do is use your car’s own tools to try to fix the problem. Most modern cars come with jacks, tyre inflators, sealant kits and other wheel tools. Carry out the repairs yourself, or if you’re not sure, get a mechanic to do it for you.

Your Clutch Cable Is Frayed

One of the surest signs a breakdown is imminent is a fraying clutch. Clutches are under large amounts of tension, especially when changing gears. Clutch cables are usually good for about 60,000 miles. But after then, they start to lose their integrity. A sure sign that your clutch cable is about to break is if you feel a difference in clutch pressure when you put your foot down. If it suddenly feels sloppy or isn’t springing back, you may have a serious problem. The good news is that temporary repairs can often be made at the roadside. But it should be noted that these are only temporary. Major repairs will have to be carried out by a mechanic.

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