Driving Instructors Hornchurch Tips: Detecting a Breakdown

Winter Driving

Driving your car over the winter season can be a danger if you’re not equipped with the knowledge and skill how to detect a breakdown. What is worse and more frustrating is that when breakdown transpired whilst you’re going on a long journey.

The cold conditions over the winter can test thoroughly how reliable your car is, even if it’s in an excellent condition. But if your car is something which is about to conk out due to its long years of service, will you be able to detect if it’s going to breakdown? Do you know its warning sign when it’s going to conk and how to deal with its effects right on your location?

The freezing temperature can take its toll on electronics and mechanicals. And if the engine of your vehicle won’t start or turn over, you could have a stuck starter motor or a flat battery. So, you have to charge your vehicle’s battery or get a jump-start from a healthy car’s battery of your friend or from your other car.

If the same situation happens again, your alternator might be defective or not properly charging the battery. If so, you can seek help from a local garage.

Remember that the brakes of your car are the most important safety feature of any vehicle, so it’s essential to watch on your vehicle’s condition and wear rates especially when grip can be at its lowest point in winter season.

If you can sense an unusual grumbling noise, or your vehicle pulling to one side of the road or a long weak brake pedal can point towards a braking system problem. So, get things immediately checked out by a qualified mechanic if in case you’re uncertain of what’s really going on with the system.

If the acceleration is hard and the engine revs are flaring, it’s the main indicator that your car’s clutch slips. Then, such a case is unfortunately has no cheap fix because the clutch already needs replacement, which for your part is a job you have to get involved more physically and financially. You can’t leave it because doing so will ultimately damage your flywheel and eventually your engine.

Your tyres can caution you a lot about how your car performs on the road. If they’re not wearing evenly, then your tyre pressures might be mismatched or there could be a defect with the steering system. Make sure that tyre pressures are all correct because if it’s so, the steering wheel goes straight when you drive straight ahead. It’s known as tracking.

A droning sound or an alternate knocking especially when you drive round corner, could signal a worn wheel bearing. This could result to an expensive suspension and hub assembly damage if left unattended for a longer period. An experienced mechanic has all the tools to replace the defective part.

If some seals of your car become defective and water is getting into its electrics, it could manifest in a number of ways such as faulty electric windows and engine misfires.You can try and track down the fault yourself or alternatively take it to a garage.

If there’s engine hesitation when you depress the gas pedal could mean a problem with the fuel system. You might have been running low on fuel. Remember that when you let your car run very low on diesel or petrol, some sediment has been disturbed inside the tank and was sucked passing through the fuel filter resulting in a blockage. Other cause could be your defective spark plugs or your spark plug leads already deteriorate to the point that they’re not working properly, which can cause damage to the engine.
If your car rattles strongly, stop the engine and on flat ground, check the oil level. If on the dipstick, it’s below the minimum, or not even registering on it at all, add it up with engine oil.

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