It’s all too common for car owners to ignore small issues in their car because they simply have no idea what the problem even is. This can cause much larger issues to develop as the problem is left to fester and can potentially cost you a pretty penny to repair later. To protect your car and prevent problems before they occur, identifying the most common car problems will help you recognize and understand issues as soon as possible.
No doubt you’ve seen these come on at some point. It’s a small reminder that something is wrong, but nothing seemingly urgent is occurring—or you may not even quite realize what the light is referring to. But these signs are meant to help you in identifying the most common car problems. These lights occur when the engine control unit detects an error code. There are over 200 possible error codes, so a professional is necessary for pinpointing the problem.
If you find that your engine is sputtering or your fuel economy has suddenly decreased, those are major indicators that components such as fuel and ignition systems are damaged and worn out and must be replaced. Other components that may cause problems include air and fuel filters that help regulate the air and fuel used in the engine for efficient combustion that makes your car move.
The typical car battery lasts about three years or 50,000 miles. As the battery is used, it slowly loses its capacity to hold a charge, and the number of amps it can provide is reduced to the point it can no longer power your car and becomes “dead.” The erosion of other components within the battery, such as the battery temperature sensor, can expedite the erosion process.
Properly washing and sanitizing your car isn’t just important for keeping it looking good, but a regular thorough cleaning is required to eliminate contaminants that may stick to the car such as tar, concrete splatter, and sap. These contaminants will eventually cause paint deterioration which will strip your car’s protective layers and expose the car’s metallic components to further contamination that results in rust.
Shaking Steering Wheel
A shaking steering wheel is often an indication of damage. If the wheel of your car is shaking right after you turn the car on, the most common source is damaged wheel bearings and suspension components. If it only happens at higher speeds, it’s likely an issue of balance between the tires and wheels. In both scenarios, you should see a professional immediately.