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Buying a new or used car is always exciting, but you won’t be happy if the “check engine” light turns on after you leave the lot. Cars need regular maintenance and upkeep to work efficiently. There are certain car troubles that are quite common, and based on your vehicle’s age and mileage, you could face a high risk of car trouble. Here are three common car problems you need to be aware of, and what you can do about these issues.
The check engine light will come on when your car has an evaporative leak. This leak occurs in the gas tank, where gas moves from the tank to other areas of the car. Sometimes it comes from something as simple as forgetting to place the gas cap back on the car, which can lead to an evaporative leak, as it is unable to obtain the right pressure. However, evaporative leaks are usually expensive repairs, as the car shop will need to rule out several different possibilities.
When the outside air temperature rises, it will increase the pressure in the gas tank. This pressure increase will need to be vented out through hoses and other systems. The charcoal canister is where the fuel vapor is absorbed and stored until the car starts, and the vapors are purged from the car upon ignition. Evaporative leaks can stem from any of the hoses, valves, and canisters attached to the gas tank. In most cases, there is a cracked hose somewhere that will need to be replaced.
Broken Catalytic Converter
One of the worst things you can hear as a car owner is that you have a broken catalytic converter. This system can cost car owners upwards of $2,000 to replace. The catalytic convertor uses a catalyst to help convert gas into reduced emissions. A catalytic convertor relies on other areas of the car to function correctly. If you don’t routinely change the oil, spark plugs, and perform routine maintenance on the car, you can have problems with the catalytic convertor.
Unlike with other problems, a car won’t give you a warning when the battery goes bad; it simply dies. Batteries die for a number of reasons, including age and heat. If the plastic pieces around the battery are missing, the engine heat and exterior heat can increase the likelihood that your battery will die. To find out if you have a dead battery, use a battery tester. You can plug it into the 12-volt receptacle inside the car to find out if it is dead.
A dead battery will also cause problems with the alternator. The alternator is responsible for charging the battery. If your battery is starting to die, it can suck power from the alternator, causing it to break as well. Take a look at the lifespan of your battery to determine when it needs to be replaced. Most car batteries need to be replaced every three to five years.
This article was written by Vito Sanchez, a car enthusiast who hopes to help you become a better car owner. He writes this on behalf of Circle D Transmission, your number one choice for all your Honda transmission needs. Check out their website today and see how they can help you!
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