Unfortunately, car breakdown cannot be avoided, and it happens to us all at some point or other.

What Causes Car Breakdown?

There are a variety of vehicles faults and damages that can cause a complete vehicle breakdown. It’s important that you keep an eye open for the warning signs, as not only can some faults make your car non-driveable but can also make your vehicle dangerous to drive.

Car breakdowns are more common during the winter months due to the harsh weather conditions, so it’s best to start preparing your car towards the end of summer. Taking your car in for regular car servicing in Milton Keynes means that your vehicle can be checked over and you can catch problems before they worsen and need more repairs. As well as this by preventing issues from becoming worse, you can save money on expensive car repairs, or if the circumstances are bad enough then buying a new car if your car gets to the point of scrapping.

So if you want to avoid unexpected vehicle breakdown as much as possible, we have devised a list of the most common causes of car breakdowns. This way you can take precautions to service your car and minimise the requirements of any vehicle replacements.

Flat Or Faulty Battery

It’s safe to say that a fair few of us have been in this painful situation. You get in your car to make a journey or travel to work, and realise you’ve left your lights on overnight and your car battery has gone flat.

A flat car battery can be an annoying issue to fix and probably push back your schedule, but it’s better than one of your primary vehicle breaking beyond repair. A flat or faulty car battery can be resolved by another vehicle jump starting your vehicle by using jump leads. Although this is not a long-term solution and if carried on for an extended period of time can damage your car even more.

If your car battery runs low, flat or becomes faulty, you will most definitely need car battery replacement Milton Keynes for the problem to be resolved. A flat car battery is more common in the winter; you can reduce the chance of this problem happening by checking that there are no loose wiring or that your battery has no corrosion.

jump leads on car battery

Faulty Cooling Systems

No matter the weather you should always check your vehicle has a sufficient amount of engine coolant. An overheated car is not a good sign and can cause serious problems. The vast majority of newer vehicles have a temperature gauge that lets you know the overall temperature of your car as you are driving.

If your vehicle’s temperature reaches anywhere over the halfway mark, we recommend pulling over and giving your car a break, especially on long journeys or during hot weather. Your coolant covers mainly your fan, water pump and radiator which can quickly overheat, especially when idling in long traffic jams on a hot day.

Damaged Tyres Or Punctures

Driving around regularly, unfortunately, you are very susceptible to tyre punctures. Country roads are the worst for tyre punctures, but so can towns and cities due to leftover sharp rubbish and debris or smashed glass bottles.

Tyres are naturally produced with materials and features that allow them to withstand rough terrains and avoid punctures, but sometimes they can fail you when they are faced with extremely sharp objects.

To avoid puncturing your car tyres, you should always ensure that your vehicle tyres are at optimum pressure and have the legally required tread depth, you can check these by using a tyre pressure gauge. Its also always recommended that you have a spare tyre present in your vehicle in the case of a breakdown – although this isn’t always feasible.

woman changing car tyre

Snapped Clutch Cable

Your clutch is one of the most important components of your vehicle, meaning that it should always have as much maintenance as possible. Without a clutch, your car is entirely non-driveable.

Thankfully a snapped clutch is not as common as these other car breakdown causes, but can be dangerous if this happens while you are out or somewhere you do not know. If you feel your clutch snap or your clutch stops working, pull over immediately and contact roadside assistance. Driving without a clutch is dangerous for both you and other road users. Car garages will check your clutch extensively during your MOT testing in Milton Keynes so you will most likely catch any issues with your clutch before it snaps – but accidents do happen.

If your clutch is faulty and you need repairs, be sure to research and receive multiple quotes as some car garages will charge you extortionate prices for labour and parts. It’s a time consuming and expensive repair so take research pricing in depth.

Faulty Brakes

Your brake pads are extremely sensitive. So if you are consistently sharp braking or driving in a lot of wet or bad weather, they can easily become worn.

One of the most common tell-tale signs that you have faulty brakes are the noises they make when in use. If your brakes are on their way out, they will typically make a squealing noise or the sound of grinding. The squealing is due to the wear indicators coming into contact with the brake rotor – which is a big sign that you need brake pad replacements.

brake pad replacement

Faulty Ignition

The pain of getting in your car in the mornings and it simply just will not start – we have all been there. Sometimes this can simply be down to cold or bad weather which can cause your car to wear down slightly and need a bit more power to get it up and running. As well as this if your car has been sat on a driveway not in regular use for a while, it could take a few attempts to get the ignition started.

If there is a more complex problem and your car is petrol run, it’s most likely a fault or issue to do with your HT leads or spark plugs and distributors. If your car is run solely on diesel, there could be an issue with your glow plugs, and you should take it to a car garage as soon as possible.

Prevent Your Car From Breaking Down

Keep your eyes peeled for any warning signs that your car could be developing an internal issue or need looking at by a mechanic. By leaving issues to sit for longer, they will only worsen and end up costing more to repair.

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