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Common Car Repair Issues


Cars, like other machines, develop mechanical issues after a while of running smoothly. You need to make constant checks and perform regular maintenance to ensure you catch an issue before it presents itself. Fortunately, all vehicles face some common problems that are easy to diagnose. In the following list, we will talk about the most common car repair issues.

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Brake Replacement and Repair

The brakes in a car consist of three main parts: the caliper, the disc, and the brake pads. The most common problem occurs in the pads that need to be replaced after 35,000 to 40,000 miles. The thing about brakes is that they are overlooked in regular maintenance checks. It is not after you feel a loss in braking performance that your attention goes towards the pads. If not replaced at the right time, the brake pads can damage the discs, leading to more repair costs.

Brake repairs cost a bit more money since half of the brake has to be disassembled to replace the pads. So expect high labor costs.

Timing Belt Issue

Several belts are moving with the engine’s torque rotation. The most important one is the timing belt that plays a significant role in your car’s performance and fuel efficiency. The timing belt synchronises the rotation of the crankshaft and the camshaft. If this synchronizing motion is disturbed, your vehicle loses power and starts to consume more fuel. If you are visiting the gas station more often, then you might have a timing belt issue.

Timing belts are only made of rubber, which means that they are susceptible to damage. The good news is that you can easily buy a new one without paying too much. The mechanic won’t even charge a lot for such a problem.

Repairing Fuel Injectors

The fuel injectors in a car have the most significant job of all. If the injectors malfunction, your car won’t start. The engine will stall if the vehicle is already running or misfire before coming to a stop. You need professional help to clean and repair the fuel injectors. The engine’s head has to be opened, which means you can’t perform such a repair at home. It is a bit complicated so going to the workshop is a better option. You should expect to spend a hefty amount of money for fuel injector repair. We are talking about more than £500.

Replacing the Spark Plugs

If the engine head is opened, the fuel injectors and the spark plugs, both are inspected. The spark plugs are usually replaced rather than being repaired. They are cheap, so it is better to have them replaced. However, the same thing goes you have to pay a lot to have the spark plugs replaced.

Windshield Wiper Issues

Perhaps the most common problem that every car guy will face with their vehicle is related to wipers. Windshield wipers only become useful when it rains or snows. If you live in a city or country where precipitation is rare, you might not face this issue, but for those who live in a country like England, replacing wipers is necessary. If you delay the replacement, you could end up damaging your windscreen. They are not the cheapest car part in the market, so you should try your best to avoid any delays with wiper replacement. There are non-rubber wipers available that do not deteriorate like rubber wipers. It is wise to invest in them because the cost difference between the two is minimal.

Carbon Buildup

After a few thousand miles, due to low quality fuel and polluted air, carbon starts to develop inside your engine. This carbon buildup can clog the air intake or suffocate the fuel filter, making it hard for the engine to extract both key elements in the optimal quantity. Such an issue is easy to fix and requires a simple fuel system cleaner/throttle body cleaner. This product is sometimes sold with separate labels, but usually it performs the same job. If you add it in the fuel tank it will clean the entire fuel system and if you spray it into the intake, the internals will be flushed of carbon. Fuel system cleaners are available for under £8. If you spend little money now, you can save yourself from wasting money on a mechanic visit.      

Radiator Leaks

The radiator cools down the engine and prevents it from overheating. Without the radiator in perfect working condition, you will end up on the roadside with an overheated car. It is pretty easy to spot a radiator leak. Before you start your car in the morning, sneak a peek below the engine. If there is water or any other liquid on the ground, then you most probably have a leak in your radiator or the oil pan. It is better to get it checked before more trouble comes your way.


If you stay vigilant and take regular care of your car, you will never need to spend a truckload of money to repair your vehicle. Most people are lazy with car maintenance, which results in higher repair costs down the road.  If you’re in the Warrington area and you need your car repairing, Lowton Motor Company can help.  Established over 25 years ago they have the experience and expertise to handle any repair your vehicle  may require.