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Your Car Isn’t the Only One with Problems – Four Common Automotive Concerns

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Your car is special because it’s all yours. The way you decided to personalize it, mess it up or clean it up is unique to your driving personality. Yet, it does share similar benefits and issues with its automotive brethren. Here are four common problems cars, even yours, may have to contend with, according to Your Mechanic writer Tim Charlet.

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If your car’s air filters, fuel filters, O2 sensors or mass air flow sensors wear out or get clogged, you’ll be faced to stop more often at the pump. To protect your vehicle’s optimal fuel economy, you’ll want to pay close attention to the engine’s fuel system and replace or repair components proactively.

Nothing will derail your journey (literally) faster than a flat tire. By regularly keeping an eye on the health of your tires including tread and pressure, you might be able to prevent the danger and nuisance of a flat tire.

“Extend your tire’s lifespan by keeping them properly rotated, as recommended by your vehicle manufacturer,” Charlet writes.

Another automotive mishap that will stop you dead in your tracks is a failed battery.

“It’s best to replace your car battery every 50,000 miles or three years, even if it’s not showing signs of damage,” advises Charlet.

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Your brakes should be a silent driving companion; when they start talking back to you, it’s imperative to seek help.

“Brakes are vital for safe stopping, so when they display any symptoms of issues, like squealing, squeaking or a soft brake pedal — it should be inspected by a professional mechanic as soon as possible. While minor problems can cause squeaking or squealing noises, once the brakes start grinding, it’s a definite sign they need to be replaced,” reports Charlet.

News Source: Your Mechanic