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How To Identify Faults With My Car

How To Identify Faults With My Car

Ever been driving along and hear a noise that just doesn’t sound right? Maybe you’ve been putting off taking your car to the garage for a few weeks because you’re hoping the squeaking might stop? Although this can be expensive to replace its important to know how to maximise the lifespan of your car parts and when they need to be replaced.

Tyres In Newton Abbot

The legal minimum tread depth for tyres in the UK is 1.6mm. Expert research shows that depending on the weather conditions, which can be unreliable, in some cases 3mm is not even enough to break properly. Tyres are a vital safety feature to your car and can also be very expensive depending on the car model, make and tyre type etc. To maximise the lifespan of your tyres, check them regularly in the centre groove of the tyre, the outer and the inner groove. Balanced wheels and wheel alignment need to be checked as unbalanced wheels can lead to tyres being worn much before they should be, resulting in more spending and increased risk when driving.

Wheel Alignment And Tracking Near me

Having incorrect wheel alignment comes with many disadvantages, draining fuel in your car and wearing your tyres unnecessarily are just two of them. Wheel alignment is the direction the wheels are pointing in at rest. Hitting a pothole or kerb can knock the wheel alignment out of place and damage the steering and suspension parts of your car. Assuring your wheel alignment or tracking is at its optimum position is vital to your car safety.

Steering And Suspension Checks

The way a cars handling performs is down to a combination of the steering and suspension of the car. The suspension has a range of parts including shock absorbers, coil springs and top mounts, these components interact with the steering system which includes the CV joint, suspension arm, track rod ends and steering rack to provide vehicle control. Using a combination of different mechanisms, the car should be able to absorb the energy from potholes and bumps in the road. If these systems are not working, there are several signs to look out for. Swerving, excessive bouncing and any noises while breaking are all typical signs of issues with suspension or steering.

Battery And Exhausts Newton Abbot

Without a working battery your car will not start. The battery supplies the electric energy that the car uses to create mechanical force to power the engine. If you keep the drive belt and alternator in good condition the car battery should maintain its lifespan. Car batteries last around 5 years as they deteriorate over time so it’s worth checking them now and again. The exhaust system removes dangerous gasses from the engine and decreases fuel consumption. When starting the car, if you hear a rattling noise, this is a sign of an exhaust system going. They do deteriorate over time, so they need to be checked and kept in good condition.

Braking Checks

I’m sure you are aware; braking is one of the most important safety features of your car. Signs you should look out for are for a red warning light on your dashboard, the car pulling to one side during braking, the brake pedal feeling spongy, a metallic noise when you are braking and longer stopping distances when braking. If you are witnessing any of these it is worth getting someone to look at your car.

Garages Near Me

Are you looking for a garage Newton Abbot for reliable car repairs and servicing? If so, look no further than Monnington Motors. We are a well established, local company, made up of a team of professional mechanics and technicians.
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