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Top Causes for Breakdowns and How to Avoid Them

It’s that time of the year again, the clocks have gone forward, lighter nights are here and we’re all looking forward to getting out on the open road and enjoying what spring has to offer.

At Bryan Swales Auto Repairs we’re keen to keep you on the road and free from motoring hassle, which is why we thought it’d be a good idea to let you know the common breakdowns we see, and what you can do to avoid them. 

Picture this; you’ve just got yourself a new car and you’re experiencing problems with it already. Believe it or not, breakdowns are not always caused by the age of the car.

Why do breakdowns happen? Well, it’s often because drivers ignore the warning signs that they’ve got problems with their car or they fail to take their vehicle to a local garage for regular maintenance or a vehicle health check.

Let’s take a look at the top reasons why your new car may need to go to the garage already and how Bryan Swales Auto Repairs can help.

A Fault with the Alternator

The battery of your car is charged by the alternator. So, if your alternator has a flat, this may mean that you have a flat battery and the engine doesn’t run. If you notice that your headlights are dimmer than they used to be, this may be a sign that something’s up with your vehicle. To be safe, take your car for regular services at your local garage so they can spot these problems before you breakdown.

Issues with the Starter Motor

The starter motor is responsible for turning over your engine until it starts up. So, when there’s a problem with it, this might lead to problems turning on your engine. This is the last thing you want when you’ve got places to go. But the good news is that a mechanic can carry out a diagnostic evaluation to find out what the problem is. 

Usually, you can avoid problems by having your car serviced regularly as we check the starting and charging system on even the smallest service.

Using the Wrong Fuel

When you realise that you have used the wrong fuel, your heart sinks. But don’t worry, you’re not alone. A lot of drivers accidentally fill up with the wrong fuel at the petrol station. The most important thing is to not start your engine as this could damage it.

The best course of action is to seek immediate attention from a technician to fix the problem. We’ll be able to flush the system and make sure that the wrong fuel doesn’t cause damage to your engine.

Damaged or Flat Tyres

There are a few reasons why you may experience a flat tyre. There could’ve been something sharp on the road that has caused a flat. 

Alternatively, it may have been because you weren’t looking after tyres. When was the last time you checked the tread depth or the pressure of your tyres? 

The best way you can avoid flat tyres is to book your vehicle in for a vehicle health check. We’ll be able to advise you when you need to replace your tyres as well as spot any other immediate issues that might cause a breakdown.

Dead Battery

Have you discovered that you accidentally left your headlights or an interior light on all night? This is not only annoying, but it also means that your battery might be drained. When the battery is flat, you might have trouble turning on the engine. We’d recommend always keeping jump cables in your car in case this happens. 

This will give you the boost you need to get your car going, but in some cases, you may need to have your battery replaced. Once you’ve got your vehicle started, give Bryan Swales Auto Repairs a call to ensure you don’t have an ongoing fault that’ll leave you stranded again.

An Overheated Engine

You should never drive if your engine is overheated. This can be dangerous. The reason for this overheating could be a variety of things, including a leak or even the water pump. If you see the temperature gauge of your car in the red, call us as soon as possible. 

A skilled technician will be able to take a look at your car and see what is causing the overheating.

Broken Clutch Cables

The clutch linkage in your vehicle is used when you change the gears. Of course, you switch gears a lot when you’re driving and this constant use means that they may suffer from wear and tear issues somewhere down the line. If you notice that your gears are suddenly grinding or the clutch feels stiff and abnormal, these could be signs that there’s a problem with the clutch cables. The best thing you can do is let a mechanic inspect your car and see what’s wrong.

Braking Trouble

Your safety is a priority on the road and if you’ve got a problem with your brakes, you shouldn’t be driving. Issues with the brakes can be caused for a number of reasons, such as the brake fluid needs to be changed or the brake pads are worn out.

Book your vehicle into Bryan Swales Auto Repairs where an experienced mechanic will be able to inspect it and ensure that you’re back on the road in a vehicle you can trust.

Ignition System Issues

If there’s a problem with the ignition system then there’s going to be an issue with your engine. This is the last thing that you want. If you’re experiencing misfires, this could be down to faulty ignition coils. They wear out over time and mean there is insufficient ignition in the cylinder. One of our experienced and expert diagnostic technicians can get to the root of the problem and find out what is wrong.

Trouble-Free Motoring

At Bryan Swales Auto Repairs, our aim is to keep you on the road in a car you can trust without breaking down. This is why we have a maintenance plan that offers great value and peace of mind. So whether you need a quick vehicle health check, a service or major overhaul, give us a call as we’re here to help.

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