Nothing is more disappointing, or confusing, than having a car break down in the middle of the road. But the sad thing about breakdowns is they tend to happen because of typical reasons. In many cases, breakdowns are a direct consequence of driver-error. They’re either an outcome of bad judgment, or neglectful maintenance at the hands of motorists.
Breakdowns Rarely Happen Out of Thin Air:
Automotive Expert John Baker advises that, “Car maintenance beats car replacement. Taking a proactive approach to maintenance helps your car last longer, while keeping you out of the car-lot as long as possible. Your owner’s manual provides a recommended maintenance schedule. Replacing components like the timing-belt or plug-wires according to the schedule helps prevent expensive breakdowns and frustration.” Here are a few common reasons why cars end up breaking down:
1. Overheating Engines:
Engines usually overheat because one or more of the systems which enable cooling is malfunctioning. The only way to circumvent an overheated engine is to have it inspected during routine servicing. If a mechanic notices deteriorating components, they will sound the alarm before the car becomes vulnerable to breakdowns.
2. Unsuitable Fuel:
Putting the wrong fuel in an engine interferes with the combustion that propels the vehicle. And depending on whether you drive a diesel engine, adding the wrong fuel could precipitate a fatal malfunction. Instead of guessing what type of fuel to put in the tank, always follow the advice listed in the owner’s manual.
3. Mismanaged Engine Oil:
Engine oil is the main lubricant intended to prevent the movable parts in an engine from clashing. When engine oil becomes stale, it stops preventing friction from eating away at the movable parts. Uninhibited friction can cause shock-waves which trigger permanent mechanical damage.
4. Battery Problems:
If anything should ever start to cause electrical problems in a vehicle, it’s extremely important to make sure that the battery is working properly. As batteries lose their charge, it gets more and more difficult to rely on them to power the engine. Weak batteries are responsible for breakdowns a lot of the time.
There’s a reason why routine service is such an important part of being a motorist. It’s because prevention is far better than cure with respect to automotive malfunctions. When problematic conditions are detected early through servicing, it’s easier to avoid the inconvenience of total breakdowns. For more information, visit our website or give us a call at 1-800-639-7654 to find out how Adriana’s Insurance Services can help you stay safe. We got you covered!