If you’re like most people, you probably take your car for granted. We know you love your car, but it’s easy to overlook its aches and pains until it’s too late. That’s why we’re listing the five most common things that can go wrong with your car. We also have some tips to help you take better care of your “baby” before it needs fixing.
Top 5 Car Problems
Extreme temperatures, hot and cold, could shorten a battery’s lifespan. Also, if you tend to drive short journeys each day, you could lose voltage. Be sure to take a longer trip now and then. A bad alternator, corroded terminals or loose connections could also cause problems.
Although many tire issues can be easily prevented, tires account for 10% of all emergency roadside calls. Be sure to check your tires’ tread and pressure frequently.
3. Check Engine Light
This one little light is intended to alert you to one of hundreds of potential problems. It could just mean it’s time for your checkup or you have a loose gas cap. Or, it could be something more serious like your emissions system, catalytic converter, fuel injection or spark plugs.
An overheated car isn’t limited to the warmer months and could be a sign that something major is wrong with your car. The main causes of an overheated engine are a stuck thermostat, a leak in your cooling system, a faulty water pump, a bad cooling fan or a clogged radiator.
It seems like an obvious culprit, but it’s also one of the most easily avoided problems. Stay out of the fast lane, avoid tailgating, keep your eyes on the road – not your phone, be vigilant of blind spots and do what your driving instructor said by keeping your hands at the 9:00 and 3:00 positions on the wheel.
Play It Safe
Having a dependable roadside assistance program will give you peace of mind and help keep you on the road. As a credit union member you can save money while getting excellent service from Credit Union Auto Club.
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*Article source provided by Love My Credit Union’s Credit Union Auto Club.