Over the last 40 years, our team at AA Auto Tech has seen every automobile problem under the sun. From dead batteries and flat tires to more severe issues such as radiator failure and blown head gaskets, we've fixed them all. But one thing we've noticed over the last four decades is that most drivers tend to have similar problems with their vehicles. What might those problems be? Below, our expert technicians have outlined a few of the most common automobile problems we've seen in our many years of business.
Illuminated Dash Warning Lights
Ever had one of those little orange icons on your dashboard light up? If so, you’re not alone. In fact, illuminated warning lights are the most common vehicle problem there is. While the recommended course of action for each illuminated icon differs, there’s one commonality among them all: If you’re dash warning lights come on, your vehicle requires diagnostic testing.
No matter which icon lights up, don’t put off testing for a later date; take your vehicle to an auto mechanic at your earliest convenience. Warning lights are there for a reason, and if you ignore them, you’re bound for more severe issues down the road.
Poor Gas Mileage
Your vehicle’s fuel economy depends on a long list of factors, which is why many drivers find themselves stumped as to why their gas mileage gradually decreases. Driving habits that can negatively affect your fuel economy include driving too fast, accelerating forcefully, allowing excessive engine idling, and transporting heavy loads.
But your driving habits aren’t the only factor that plays into decreasing gas mileage — the health of your vehicle’s internal components also affects fuel economy. And if you don’t practice routine maintenance, you’ll undoubtedly see your MPG decrease. Which internal components can compromise your gas mileage? Here are just a few:
● A faulty or worn O2 sensor
● A worn mass airflow sensor
● A clogged fuel filter
● A dirty air filter
If your gas mileage has dwindled and you practice responsible driving habits, there’s a solid chance your dealing with an internal part failure. Take your vehicle to a licensed auto mechanic for a diagnostic test and advice on your best course of action for improving your fuel economy.
Squeaking or Grinding Brakes
No matter what kind of vehicle you drive, eventually, the brakes will wear out. If you’ve noticed squealing when you hit the brakes, that’s the wear bar loudly reminding you that it’s time to schedule brake repair. But if you hear grinding when you depress the brakes, you’ve got a more serious issue on your hands.
Grinding brakes occur when you’ve worn through the brake pads completely and make contact with the metal brake rotor itself. Whether you hear squealing or grinding, take your vehicle to a brake repair shop at your earliest convenience. If you neglect brake service, a routine red traffic light could turn into an unexpected disaster.
Vehicle batteries die for all sorts of reasons — leaving the lights on, forgetting to close the door completely, corroded terminals, excessive outdoor heat, old age — you name it. On average, vehicle batteries last about three years or 50,000 miles, so if you’ve got a dead battery, check its age first. If the battery isn’t nearing the end of its life, but your vehicle still refuses to start, have the battery professionally tested to rule out other complications, such as a faulty starter or alternator.
AA Auto Tech: Your Twin Cities Source for Reliable, Honest Auto Repair
If your vehicle is having problems, don’t hesitate to bring it to our team at AA Auto Tech. Since 1979, we’ve proudly served Hastings, MN, and the surrounding areas with comprehensive vehicle maintenance and repair. No matter what’s going on with your car or truck, our expert technicians can solve the problem. To learn more about our services or schedule an appointment, give our team a call today at 651-437-2218 or send us a message on our contact page and we’ll be in touch with you promptly.