The Top Ten Most Common Vehicle Problems And How To Avoid Them

Owning a vehicle can be expensive, so it helps to know what the most common vehicle problems are and how to avoid them. At Hansma Automotive, we believe that preventative maintenance is the key to avoiding expensive vehicle repairs so contact us to avoid nasty surprises on the highway. Most repairs can be done in a few hours and we have a shuttle service to keep you living your life even when your car is in the shop.

1.   Brake Issues

Stopping a moving vehicle requires a lot of energy and your brakes carry the brunt of the load. If your brakes feel soft, spongy, make strange noises or require extra effort to apply, something is probably wrong. Don't take chances with your brakes as we have years of experience and can quickly remedy the problem.

2.   Engine Problems Due to Missed Oil Changes

Failing to get regular oil changes may save you money in the short term but it will hurt you in the long term as dirty oil can lead to many other engine problems. Read our article about oil changes in order to learn more.

Photo courtesy of Claudio Sepulveda Geoffroy   

Photo courtesy of Claudio Sepulveda Geoffroy  

3.   Coolant System Failures

A failed coolant system can often be traced back to neglected fluid level checks. Make sure that checking your fluid levels is a key part of your vehicle maintenance. If you are unable to do this or unsure how to, bring your vehicle to our expert team of professionals. 


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4.   Flat or Damaged Wheels or Tires

Tire damage is a common occurrence as they are the main point of contact with the Nails, sharp objects, ruts, and many other things can cause tire and even wheel damage. Always ensure your tires are correctly inflated and have sufficient tread.

5.   Ignition System Malfunctions

Key components of your ignition system include the battery, starter motor, alternator, spark plugs and ignition coils.  A failure with any one of these components can leave you stranded at the side of the road. To prevent this happening book an appointment at our repair shop at 88 Shoemaker Street in Kitchener.

6.   Electrical System

Faulty wiring, blown fuses and light bulb replacements are common vehicle problems. Occasionally we see electrical faults that are a result of owners attempting to add after market features to their vehicles. Always check with a professional before attempting any changes to your vehicle or simply bring it to us for installation. 

7.   Fuel System

Leaking fuel lines or gas tanks, missing gas caps, clogged fuel pumps, faulty mass air flow sensors are just some of the common fuel system problems that we repair at Hansma. Don't postpone any of these issues as they simply lead to more expensive problems down the road.

8.   Exhaust System

A catalytic converter is an expensive repair and can often be avoided by regular vehicle maintenance. A failure to change relatively inexpensive damaged or worn spark plugs or faulty fuel injector can lead to problems in the exhaust system. Don't ignore the check engine light! We can resolve most issues quickly and efficiently.

9.   Air Conditioning System

If your vehicle is not cooling properly it may be  leaking  or running low on coolant, and your A/C unit may fail. We can check and repair your system so that you can drive without any worry in the summer heat.

10.   Transmission Repairs

Transmission repairs can be expensive, complicated and time consuming. If your vehicle is not shifting correctly, or you hear any unusual noises, don't hesitate to contact us.


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Posted on June 27, 2015 .