Vehicle Breakdowns: Top 5 Causes
Vehicle breakdowns can happen at any time, regardless of whether you have a used or new car. Having an emergency roadside assistance service to come to your rescue can provide you and your family with peace of mind. Here are the top 5 causes of vehicle breakdowns and what you can do to avoid them.
Low or Flat Battery
A low or flat battery is one of the biggest causes of vehicle breakdowns. To minimise this from happening to you, check your battery on a regular basis, especially in the winter months. Most new batteries should be sealed, but if you have one that’s not, check its water level before heading out on the road. Another reason for a flat battery is leaving your radio or lights on, but you can jumpstart your battery with jump leads so make sure you carry some with you at all times.
When your engine overheats, it can be a frustrating problem to deal with. One reason could be due to a stuck thermostat. If this device freezes, it may block the flow of coolant to your vehicle’s engine. If you cannot find the cause of your engine’s overheating, look for leaks around hoses and the radiator. Never open the cap of your radiator when your engine is running otherwise you will burn yourself.
The main culprit behind flat tyres is wear and tear. Whenever you fill up your car with petrol, check your tyre pressure at the same time. Inspect the tread to see if there are any nails or pieces of glass sticking in them and always make sure you carry a spare tyre.
Lost or Locked Keys
Around 4% of RAC calls are due to drivers either locking their keys in their vehicle or losing them altogether. Roadside assistance services will be able to use their key or get an auto locksmith to get into the vehicle.
Engine Lubrication Failures
Every engine needs lubrication between its moving parts in order to minimise friction and repel heat. The primary bearings and pistons of your engine must be cooled with the use of oil. Any reduction in the oil flow will cause these main bearings to overheat or seize. You should always keep an eye on the oil level and pressure of your engine whenever inspecting the car. Starving the engine from oil can be fatal, and is normally the result of a dysfunctional oil pump. To check for oil level, see the dipstick which shows how much oil is left in the pan. Your engine can suffer badly from oil leakage or oil burning that contributes to low oil levels.
According to the 2006 RAC figures, these are the primary causes of breakdowns, which we have listed here:
Punctured tyre – 194549
Jumpstart (flat battery) – 177916
Dead battery (replacement required) – 130575
Road Traffic Accident – 90263
Engine fault – 67881
No fault found (driver error) – 64773
Alternator fault – 58887
Starter Motor fault – 57380
Clutch – Assembly – 51969
Interior lights left on (flat battery) – 48681
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