While turning your music up may help mask the rattling in your engine, it’s best to tackle your car problems head-on before they cost you a fortune. The last thing you want is for your car to break down suddenly, even if you are looking for an excuse to miss your co-worker's baby shower. So, without further adieu, here are some common causes of mechanical failures (and how you can pick up on them quickly).

Let’s begin with the electrical system, which connects all electrical features in your car. Your lights, wipers, airbags and instrument panel are just a few of the elements powered by the electric system. If any of these suddenly doesn’t work, it’s best to have it checked out soon. In a similar vein, if you notice that your dashboard lights are dim upon ignition, this could either be a system fault or it could be directly related to your battery. Slow engine turning when you start the vehicle is another sign of a battery issue. Furthermore, if you discover that your battery loses charge even if you drive regularly, this may be a problem specifically related to the alternator.

If you have made it this far in the article, you probably care about your car a lot but you may find all this overwhelming. Truthfully, you don’t have to be Jeremy Clarkson to avoid a breakdown, you simply just need to know when your vehicle is behaving differently. Other things to look out for are noisy gear changes, high fuel consumption, engine misfires and shuddering. 

You may think that some of these signs are obvious. But, all you need to do is spend one day on a South African road to realise that stop signs and red lights are obvious too but that doesn’t mean that everyone pays attention to them. Avoid safety and financial risks, and make sure that you visit a service centre at the right time.

Give us a call and we will gladly help you receive the solutions that you need. We will provide you with expert advice and will have you pointed in the right direction immediately.