It does not matter if your car is old or new. The fact is, if you own a car, you will face complications one time or another. Complications can arise from different factors. While the age of your car can be a factor, it is not the only one! Some complications can be easily repairable, others can be life-threatening.
The cost to fix these complications can be huge. However, you must never ignore car problems till the end as they can land you in dangerous situations. Suppose you have been ignoring the “check engine light” for a week now. One day you are out in the suburb and your car breaks down in the middle of a deserted road. To avoid such scenarios, you should always address the issue as soon as it shows up.
Here is a list of a few complications that might arise in your car:
1. Faulty Exhaust Gas Temperature Sensor
With the growing stringency in emission laws, modern cars are using exhaust gas temperature sensors. The sad part is they have a high failure rate. Its function is to measure the temperature of the exhaust gas and relay the information back to the engine control unit.
One of the main reasons for this complication to arise is due to exposure to high temperatures. Another reason might be the high vibrations of your car that have resulted in loosening the internal connections. To detect this complication you should check out your check engine light. This complication can result in bigger problems like lower fuel efficiency and unnecessary PDF generation.
2. Problem with car brakes
“Amazing quality disc brakes” – is all you hear when you see a car commercial. While customer safety is a priority for car companies, their cars are never fully immune to brake failure.
No matter what the reason is, the fact is this complication is dangerous. Grinding noises or vibrations when you hit the brakes are the first signs indicating there is a problem with your car’s brakes.
3. Faulty Oxygen sensor
Being the most important sensor in your car, a failing oxygen sensor can land you in big trouble. It measures the oxygen level in your exhaust gases and excites the engine. This data is then used by the Powertrain Control Module to determine the fuel to air ratio of your car in real-time.
Faulty oxygen sensors will harm both the performance of the engine and the environment. One way to recognize this complication is by keeping an eye on the RPM rate. The normal RPM rate of an idle engine is 1000, if this number shoots up to 2000 or 3000; it is time to call your mechanic!
4. Faulty Turbocharger
This complication will cost you a fortune! And sadly, this is the most frequent complication in cars. A faulty turbocharger can result from damaged blades that cause contamination from dirt or other particles while the car is running that enter the turbine or compressor housing. It can also occur if your car has gone through low power or boost caused by gas leaks or blocked coolers that had restricted air injection.
In some cases, turbochargers have defects from the beginning and might start acting up after a few days of running the car. Your auto insurance can come in handy if you face this complication. Having insurance will prevent you from spending a fortune on changing a faulty turbocharger.
5. Issues with gearbox
Acceleration issues are the most common gearbox issues that you can experience in your car. In manual transmissions, a slight delay after shifting gears is acceptable. This delay could be frequent and prolonged in the case of cars that have automatic transmission. But if you are noticing that after shifting the gear, the RPM is increasing but the acceleration is not, you are looking at some serious problem.Gearbox complications can be identified when there is a grinding noise in the neutral setting of the car or noise in gear. The car can also have oil leakage and you may face hard shifting and stick in gear.
Most cars in which sensors are built to notice any problems in the gearbox but you can also understand if it’s failing by listening to the shadows of vibrations while driving. Existing gearboxes are easily repairable and a cost-effective way of bringing the process of gear in your car to 100% availability.
6. Burnt-out clutches
Even if your car is of the topmost quality, when the mileage racks up, burning out car clutches is a very common problem. You can experience this if the clutch disc is worn-out. It can also happen when the pressure plate is not working when the flywheel becomes wrapped.
The most common symptom of clutch problems is when your car clutch field sponge sticks or vibrates when you press it. If you are currently facing difficulty in shifting your car gears, maybe it is the result of the burnt-out clutches in your car.
To put it simply, as long as you own a car, you will have to deal with complications. The trick is to notice the triggers that have been mentioned above and give them urgent attention to prevent any fatal mishap.
Regular maintenance and check-ups on your car will help you to maintain your car’s fuel efficiency, ensure good engine performance and safety for you and the passengers.