7 Common Problems You’ll Face with a Vehicle
At Least Many can be Prevented with Maintenance
When a warning light in a car turns on, the first thought that usually enters a car owner’s mind is: “oh no, how much will this cost me?” The fear that it will be expensive is quite realistic. However, the problem does not always have to mean an expensive repair job that means a trip to the mechanic.
We’re not saying that you can just ignore warning signs. The warning pops up for a reason and it won’t show up unless something is out of place, whether it’s just a minor glitch or a sign of a major damage. Regardless of what the problem is, you have to make sure that it’s attended to immediately, otherwise, what’s may begin as minor can easily turn into something major.
Of course, there are repairs that require professional service, and there are a few that you can handle yourself. What’s important is recognizing when something is wrong, and doing what’s needed to ensure that it is immediately fixed, whether by your own hands, or through a trained mechanic.
Keep reading as Big Sky Collision Center, the best auto body shop in Billings, lays out 7 issues you’re likely to face at some point with your vehicle.
Issues with add-ons
Sometimes, when add-ons such as radios, alarm systems, reverse sensors, fog lights or wireless devices are installed by the car owners themselves, wires get accidentally crossed, or power gets diverted elsewhere, messing up everything that’s closely connected with each other, and potentially causing other systems to malfunction. Unless you know all about the electrical stuff, this issue may not be something that you can fix. Either seek assistance from your dealer, the car stereo place, or your mechanic.
Faulty spark plugs
Spark plugs initiate engine combustion, which is precisely why they’re called ‘spark’ plugs. If these become faulty (they’ll wear out over time), your engine will either fail to start or run rough (called misfiring). The only solution is replacement. You can choose to do it yourself. But if your engine is too far back that you have trouble reaching your spark plugs, you’ll be better off leaving the job to professionals to ensure that installation is done correctly.
Defective ignition coil
The job of the ignition coils is to tell your spark plug when to ‘spark’. If you choose to disregard what may be a problem with your ignition coils, you might be risking damaging your car’s entire ignition system. To determine if this is the issue, a diagnostic test is required. Which means you need to take your car in for a checkup.
Mass air flow sensor problem
As its name implies, the mass air flow sensor determines or ‘senses’ how much air is supplied to your engine, as well as the amount of fuel that needs to be delivered to it. If it’s not doing its task appropriately, then it’s likely because you overlooked the replacement of your air filters. If it has reached the point when replacing your sensor is necessary, then you’re in for a costly repair job. You can avoid this next time by being diligent about replacing your air filters (they’re cheap, every six months isn’t overkill).
Faulty catalytic converter
Catalytic converters control your car’s emission system. If it fails, it means you’ve been a bit irresponsible because you’ve known for some time that there’s probably something wrong with your car but you chose to ignore the signs for too long. Or, you’ve simply been practicing ‘irregular’ instead of ‘regular’ maintenance. And you’ll be paying the price for that.
Loose, defective or missing fuel cap
Most often than not, this is the reason your ‘Check Engine Light’ comes on. It doesn’t cost that much to replace, but letting it go unattended will cost you so much more for the fuel that you waste because of it. A trip to the mechanic because of a loose, missing, or broken fuel cap could run you a hundred bucks or more, they have minimum shop times and even if the problem is minor, they still have to charge.
Defective oxygen sensor
The oxygen sensor is responsible for balancing the fuel with the oxygen currently being used. It tells the car’s computer when there’s too much or too little fuel in relation to the ideal amount of oxygen needed for optimal operation. If it malfunctions, replacing it is usually a job for the pros, especially for the newer cars. It seems there’s a ‘conspiracy’ to place it strategically in a spot that’s difficult to reach, while some even go to the lengths of covering it with something that requires a special tool to remove.
Big Sky Collision Center Fixes Cars
We’re not mechanics; these are mechanical problems. But our goal is to make sure that you’re driving a safe vehicle. A safe vehicle, driven in a safe manner, will last longer, avoid collisions, and keep your family… well… safe.
Now if you do hit a deer, slide off the road, get rear-ended, or any number of other collisions that result in auto body damage to your vehicle, we would love to restore your vehicle to full safety standards. Call the best collision repair center in Billings at 406-259-6328 to schedule a time to bring your car in.