Car breakdowns are inevitable and knowing some of the possible breakdowns will help when you ever encounter these situations. Some problems are bigger than others. We have listed some car breakdown problems faced in Singapore and what to do when faced with it.
1. Faulty alternator
The alternator’s job is to generate electricity to help your car run. In any case of an alternator failure, the only source of electricity will come from the battery which will burn out eventually. Alternators fail due to a variety of reasons but driving for a long period of time especially with a weather like Singapore is often the cause of the failure. Sometimes before a complete failure, they will show some symptoms. Take note if you ever experience flickering of light, noises from the alternator or weak cranking when starting the car.
An Alternator needs to be replaced from time to time if you frequently use your car. Get your alternator checked if the alternator shows symptoms of failure.
2. Dead battery
The battery of the car helps pump juice into the car’s system to get your car started when you turn the ignition on. When the battery dies, you won’t be able to start your car.
If your battery dies when you are outside, you can jump-start the car on your own. However, you will need jumper cables and another operational vehicle. Open both the car hoods and start by attaching the red, positive clamps on both the (+) battery terminal on both the dead car and the working car. Next, take the black clamp and attach it to the (-) battery terminal of the working car and attach the clamp to an unpainted metal component on the car that is dead. Start the working vehicle’s engine and allow it to run for a few minutes. Then you can try to start the dead car. It should start. If it doesn’t, let the other vehicle run and charge the battery for a couple more minutes before trying again.
3. Excess usage of oil in the engine
The purpose of the engine oil is not only to lubricate the metals rotating inside and minimising friction but also to absorb and transfer heat.
It would also be a problem if the car engine takes in too much oil. The reason is that it will result in a low level of oil within the car which is bad in the long run. Without the oil, there will not be enough lubricant as there should be which may lead to a faster wear and tear rate.
To identify if your engine is using too much oil, just keep a lookout for a low engine oil pressure warning icon on your dashboard.
4. Engine overheating
Overheating is often caused by a low coolant level. But however, being a sealed system, a drop in coolant level can be signs of leaking or problems with the engine. One way to temporarily cool an overheating car would be to top up the engine with water after it is cooled.
You should never open the radiator cap immediately because when touched, the high pressure from inside the device will lead to the hot coolant shooting out which can cause injuries.
5. Wear and tear of brake
Brakes are one of the most important parts of the car as it stops the wheels from spinning. It’s the job of the brake pads and brake discs to create the resistance and each time your vehicle brakes, the discs begin to wear.
Drivers should always ensure that the brakes are in excellent working condition. If your brake can’t slow or stop your vehicle, you might not be safe in that car.
Look out for symptoms such as vibrations, noises longer stopping distance or when car judders when braking. Bring your car for a brake pad or discs replacement when these symptoms start showing!
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