Top 10 Most Common Car Repairs
February 4, 2020
There are a million and one things that could go wrong with your car — the suspension struts get blown, the engine seizes and fails, the head gasket cracks and breaks, just to name a few. Fortunately, those are worst-case scenarios. If you’re paying a visit to your local Rob’s, it’ll most likely be for one of these ten common car repairs.
By far, the most requested car service we see in our automotive repair service shop of Bristol, PA, is an oil change. Oil changes are one of, if not the, most important aspect of car maintenance. You know you have to get your car serviced every 5,000 miles, but do you know why? Your car has thousands of internal components that need constant lubrication to function smoothly. Otherwise, parts will wear down, overheat, and suffer from damage.
Air Filter Replacement
Every time you get behind the wheel, your car starts the combustion process under the hood. If you remember chemistry class from your high school or college days, you know that oxygen is one-third of the combustion process. As your engine draws in oxygen, the air filters prevent other debris from entering the engine and destroying vital internal parts. However, the filter picks up a lot of dust and grime in the process. If too much dirt accumulates on the filters, it will prevent sufficient amounts of air from reaching the engine, thus hindering your engine’s performance.
Check Engine Light Service
Nothing is quite as scary as seeing your check engine light unexpectedly turn on. The good news is that this doesn’t always mean the damage is centralized to your engine. Sometimes, it could be something as small as a loose fuel cap to a burnt-out sensor. Should you experience a check engine light, the trained professionals at Rob’s can scan your vehicle to determine the cause.
Unless you want to be a road hazard to yourself and others, you need to replace your brakes when they get worn down. As a general rule of thumb, brakes should be replaced every 50,000 miles. However, this number can fluctuate based on your driving habits, the road conditions, and the quality of your current brake pads and rotors.
Spark Plug Replacement
Your vehicle needs three things to start the internal combustion process: fuel, oxygen, and heat. Spark plugs provide electricity to burn fuel, giving your engine life. When your spark plugs wear down, your engine’s performance is negatively affected. That’s when your car misfires, idles, accelerates slowly, or starts consuming too much fuel.
Wheel alignment is imperative to the lifespan of your tires because it has a significant impact on their performance. Learn more about the three aspects of wheel alignment from our infographic below.
You never want to find yourself stranded because your car won’t start. But, that’s usually what happens when its battery dies. High-quality car batteries can last up to five years with proper care and maintenance. If you notice that your battery becomes distorted in shape, starts leaking acid, or needs to be jumped frequently, it’s time for a replacement.
Tire Repairs or Replacement
Just like everything else on this list, your tires are a crucial aspect of keeping yourself and others safe on the road. When your tires start balding, they have less traction on the road, which makes braking more difficult, not to mention one of the first signs is you feel that your vehicle drives differently. Learn all about tire maintenance and replacement conditions by reading our last blog here.
Windshield Wipers Replacement
Your windshield wipers are probably at the bottom of your maintenance list, until you’re stuck in a downpour without a clear view of the road. If the roads are already dangerous from nasty weather conditions, the last thing you need is to compromise your safety even further. Windshield wipers are a quick and extremely affordable replacement that can enhance your road safety.
Loose Fuel Cap Repair or Replacement
Whether you forget to twist your fuel cap tight enough or a screw comes undone, a loose fuel cap will alert your car that something is wrong. Don’t panic when your dashboard lights start flashing incessantly. Try tightening the cap and waiting for your system to reset itself. If your car doesn’t reset itself, your fuel cap may be damaged to the point that it’s not sealing properly. If that’s the case, we can quickly replace it for you.
Need to schedule a car or truck repair in Bucks County, PA? You’ve come to the right place! Rob’s Automotive Center is certified by 14 manufacturers to provide premier vehicle services. Contact us today to learn more or schedule an appointment.