If you’ve ever experienced car trouble, you know that one moment, you can be driving down the road with no problems at all, and the next moment, you find that your car is making a funny noise and you’re pulling over to the side of the road. This isn’t always that troublesome if you’re in your hometown and a phone call away from help. However, cars usually find the most inopportune time to stop working, and it’s usually on the side of a highway with little to no cars in sight. Your local experts in car repair in Loveland at Metric Motors don’t want to see you stuck on the side of the road, whether you’re here in town or on a deserted road.
There are a few top causes when it comes to car breakdowns, all of which can be easily avoided if you simply follow a few easy rules about car maintenance. Today, we’re going to go over the top reasons you may find your car stopped on the side of the road, and what you can do to avoid finding yourself in the middle of a roadside breakdown.
Top Causes Of Car Breakdowns
Running Low On Gasoline
No one thinks that they’ll ever find themselves pulled over on the side of the road because their car has run out of gas. However, running out of gasoline is amongst the top reasons people find themselves pulling their car over to the side of the road.
Most people overestimate the amount of miles their car will go once their fuel light comes on.
A good rule to follow is to always fill up your gas tank when you’re car is down to a quarter of a tank away from empty. Don’t wait to put gas in your car until your fuel light comes on, and definitely don’t see how many miles you can go once your fuel light is on.
If your gas gauge is faulty or not working at all, make an appointment to have your gas gauge fixed to avoid spending time on the side of the road.
One of the worst scenarios you can find yourself in is driving down the road and suddenly realizing there is smoke coming out of your car’s hood. The likely cause is that your car’s engine is overheating. Your car’s engine can overheat for a number of different reasons:
- Your car’s thermostat is not working properly.
- The water pump in your car is faulty.
- Your car could have a bad cooling fan.
- The radiator in your car could be clogged.
- There could be a leak in your car’s cooling system.
The easiest way to avoid having your car breakdown due to your engine overheating is to follow your vehicle’s maintenance schedule, and to ensure that your car is getting regular inspections to guarantee that it is running at its highest level of efficiency.
Stay tuned for for our next blog, where we will continue to discuss the top causes of car breakdowns. Don’t hesitate to call Metric Motors today for a vehicle inspection to ensure that you won’t find yourself pulled over on the side of the road.