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3 Common Reasons Cars Break Down

Common Reasons Cars Break DownPossible reasons your car has broken down.

Cars are immensely complicated devices combining sophisticated mechanical and electronic components. There’s a lot that can go wrong, even if you perform annual maintenance and drive safely. However, there are some reasons for breakdowns that are much more common than others, and while we can’t guarantee that this will help you from breaking down in the future, knowing some of the more common reasons might just help you avoid them!

Overheating

A faulty cooling system or low fluid levels are usually the reasons your car will overheat. As you may have guessed, this issue is more of a concern in hotter months. You can help prevent a breakdown by checking the fluid levels regularly. If you do find yourself in a situation where your vehicle’s hood starts to steam, turn on the heaters. Even though it may be sweltering, it helps divert a lot of heat away from the engine and can cool it down long enough for you to safely stop and fill up the fluids.

Flat Tire

Nails in the road, incorrect tire pressure, balding tires – flat tires can be caused by numerous situations. While some of them are out of our control, we can help to keep our tires in good condition by topping them up as necessary (to the correct psi!), driving safely around potholes, and changing our tires when they go bald.

Battery

Unfortunately, the battery doesn’t often give much warning before it decides to give up. Flat batteries can result from accidentally leaving the lights on while the vehicle was off, or through a fault with the alternator. If you feel as if your car has been taking longer to start than normal, it may be time to check the battery before it wears out. You can test the battery with a cheap and simple battery tester that you can pick up from most auto stores.

Regular car service and maintenance and proper maintenance is the best way to ensure your car doesn’t break down. Making sure your vehicle is protected by auto insurance is just as important, too. Visit Bell Black Insurance, serving Idaho Falls, Island Park, Driggs, Victor, Swan Valley, Ashton, and the neighboring communities in Idaho, as well as Jackson and Star Valley in Wyoming.

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