Ranked! The Most Common Causes of Car Breakdown

We’ve all got a breakdown story to tell! It’s almost inevitable at some point in your driving life. Your car will slowly choke to a stop, and it’s up to you to make a quick stop on the side of the road. Or, you’ll put the key in the ignition one morning, and it simply won’t start. Don’t worry, these are all common problems, and most of us have been there before. But, do you know the most common causes behind these frustrating breakdowns? In this post, we’re counting down the most common problems, so you can avoid them in the future. Let’s start the countdown.

Bad place for a breakdown

  1. Battery problems

Without a doubt, the single biggest reason for breakdown callouts is battery problems. This figure is even more astonishing during the winter. You might not know this, but the battery in your car will only last for two-three years, at best. It’s a ticking time-bomb that will catch you out eventually. It’s much worse in winter, as we rely on the battery for lights and heating systems. We drain the batteries quickly, and then one day, the car just won’t start! You can help avoid this problem by checking the charge with a voltmeter.

  1. Flat tyres

The worrying thing about car tyres is that they can burst at any time. All it takes is a piece of debris on the road. Perhaps a discarded nail or a particularly deep pothole. One second is all it takes, and your wheel is grinding along the floor. It’s not just dangerous items that cause this trouble, however. It’s also general wear over time. The rubber tyres slowly grind down, and eventually they’ll weaken and pop. It happens a lot, and breakdown companies are used to dealing with it. You could also carry a spare tyre and a jack to fix the problem yourself.

  1. Fuel trouble

Taking the third spot on the list are the fuel-related problems. These are almost always the result of human error, and it’s very easily done! Firstly, motorists tend to misjudge the amount of petrol left in their tank. It’s a common occurance out on the long motorways, where petrol stations are few and far between. The fuel runs out, and you’re left on the side of the road. I must confess, I’m also guilty of putting the wrong fuel in my car! But, I’m not alone. 150,000 motorists make this mistake every year in Britain.

  1. Spark plugs and starter motors

I’ve grouped these two together, because they’re often part of the same problem. A faulty alternator is often part of this same chain reaction too. This is often the problem when you put the key in the ignition, and nothing happens. Or, the engine might just turn over endlessly, unable to kick in and start. There’s very little you can do to spot this problem coming. The best advice I can give you is to check the spark plugs regularly, and replace them when necessary. As for the starter motor, make sure it’s checked as part of an annual servicing.

Now you know the most common causes of car breakdown, you know how to avoid them! Take care, and stay safe!

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