Survey results estimate that around 77% of vehicles on the road are in need of some form of maintenance or repairs. Often, it is easy to tell when something is wrong with your vehicle, but sometimes the issues may be less obvious. To maintain your vehicle and for safety reasons, it is important to have your car regularly looked at by an auto mechanic. Think of it like a check-up at the doctors. Often, mechanics can fix car issues before they lead to a larger problem. Here are four common repairs that your car may be due for.
#1. Brake Fluid
A recent car maintenance survey reported that around 18% of cars had either low or contaminated brake fluid. As brakes are key to the safety of driving on the road, this statistic is mildly disturbing. If your car has a low brake fluid warning light on the dashboard, there is a chance that there is a leak somewhere along the brake lines that is in need of repair. A spongy feel to the brake pedal is also one of the warning signs that brake fluid could be running low. Brake fluid can become contaminated when another substance is used mistakenly. This can cause time consuming and costly repairs as the rubber components of the brake system can swell and need replacement.
#2. Power Steering Fluid
An estimated 15% of vehicles on the road have either inadequate levels of power steering fluid or power steering fluid that has been contaminated. Signs of inadequate power steering fluid is a steering wheel that is difficult to turn and a humming sound. Adding fluid to the reservoir should correct the issue. Contaminated power steering fluid can become thick and clog up the lines. A total fluid flush will be needed in the case of contamination. Besides adding power steering fluid, other repairs to the power steering system are best left to an experienced mechanic.
#3. Cooling System
About 16% of vehicles currently on the road are reported to have problems with low coolant levels or inadequate cooling protection. Letting the coolant levels drop too low can be dangerous. It becomes possible for the engine to overheat and break down.
#4. New Transmissions
Problems with engines and transmission systems lead to some of the most costly repairs to vehicles. For every manual transmissions system there are about 10 automatic transmissions. Therefore, finding transmission repair services for auto transmissions is not very difficult. Several options are available when problems with car or truck transmissions arise. You can opt for replacing the transmissions with refurbished transmissions or installing a whole new transmissions system in your vehicle. Issues to your transmission system can occur when you go for long periods of time without a transmission fluid exchange and debris interferes with lubrication and cooling. A new transmissions system will replace the damage and cause your vehicle to switch gears quicker.
We depend on vehicles to get us to the places we need to go–whether it is to work, running errands or recreational purposes. Many times it can be easy to procrastinate when an engine warning light comes on, but if you notice any issues with your car it is always better to be safe than sorry and get it looked at by a mechanic.