If at all possible it’s wise to make as much effort as possible to avoid breakdowns.
So we have made a list of the most common breakdown call outs and what you can do to prevent them.
Flat or faulty battery
Battery faults are a very common cause of breakdown call outs. Sometimes if you are only driving short distances every day the battery doesn’t get a chance to properly charge. You can sort this out by charging it overnight, every 2 weeks or so. That way, you’ll be able to keep it running longer
Sometimes the battery terminals can get corroded and work loose which will cause problems so it’s wise to make sure the terminals are clean and as tight as a ducks ass on a cold pond.
Firstly, make sure to have a spare key at home, it’s no use in the glove compartment!
If you need a replacement key you will need to contact an authorised dealer who will arrange a key.
Associated with battery problems sometimes you have to identify if it’s the battery or alternator.
It’s easy for a garage to check the battery status and alternator so they should be checked at service time.
If your warning light comes on and the engine temperature rises quickly, the belt that drives the alternator and water pump could have broken. This is quite common and be a serious problem. Stop right away and give us a call NUMBER . Do not restart your engine!
Damaged tyres and wheels
We experience a lot of call outs in instances where there has been a blow-out.
Make sure to not only check your tyre tread regularly but also look out for any lumps or swells in the tyre as this indicates the tyre has failed and is a liability.
If you’ve struck a kerb or pothole, check for any damage to your wheels or rims and speak to a specialist tyre dealer as soon as possible if there is any damage.
This happens a lot more than people think, whatever you do don’t start your engine as it will cause a lot of damage, read our guide on what to do.
If you feel your clutch feeling different, if it feels like it’s taking longer to take a bite its prudent to take to your local garage and get it checked. If you are on the road and it breaks, meaning you can’t put it in gear give us a call and we can assist you NUMBER
Although starter motors are usually tough and robust and are built to last 1000’s of starts they do eventually fail.
A regular service will identify any faults before they cause you any problems.
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