TOP 12 CAR PROBLEMS
annoying that black mark was on the living room wall? Or the squealing
door hinge? Eventually it goes unnoticed. Too often we adjust to car
problems that need attention, too. According to the Vehicle Maintenance
Council 4 out of 5 cars need maintenance, such as the items listed
below. Is yours one of them?
parts: Postponing needed brake service, in addition to being a
safety hazard, can escalate the cost of a braking system overhaul.
windshield wiper blades: Don't wait for a rainy day to replace worn
Lights: Can you see and be seen? Check all your lights regularly to
Filters: Scheduled replacement of air, oil, gas, fuel, transmission
and other filters extend car life and improve performance.
plugs: Worn plugs waste gas and increase exhaust emissions. They
also cause the engine to run poorly.
battery cables: Corroded cables and a weak battery cause starting
trouble. Have battery and charging system checked if the engine turns
belts, Rotten Hoses: A slipping belt can affect engine cooling,
alternator, power steering, and air conditioner. Replace worn belts
before they let you down. Brittle or rotten cooling system hoses can
lead to overheating. Others, such as vacuum and power steering hoses,
hinder performance and safety.
Cooling System: Periodic servicing of the cooling system helps
prevent deterioration of radiator or heater core.
Shock Absorbers: Worn shocks or struts affect ride control and
shorten tire life.
Joint Boots: These rubber boots protect the critical CV joints that
deliver power to your wheels. They should be inspected regularly and
replaced as needed.
Muffler: Have your car put on a lift occasionally to check the
muffler and other parts of the exhaust system.
Tires: Worn tires are dangerous. Proper inflation, alignment and
balance will extend tire life.