Tips To Prevent Your Car From Breaking Down

Isaiah Chambers

You depend on your car to take you everywhere, but you should be prepared for problems and try to avoid vehicle-related complications. The following tips may help keep your car running so you do not have to deal with a broken down car.   

Preventative Tips

You should be aware of some of the common reasons that might cause you to break down, and attack these issues before they affect you. And to do that, you need to learn the signs that tell you to take your vehicle to your auto care specialist, like the following:

Evaporative Leaks

These issues are related to leaks in your system and have some of the following symptoms:

  • Strong gasoline smell
  • Fuel consumption is more than usual
  • Black smoke from your exhaust pipe

Engine Hesitation

Problems with your car's performance could be signaling all kinds of problems like a clogged fuel filter or a defective fuel pump:

  • Some hesitation, especially at high speeds
  • Rough idling that might cause your engine to die
  • Surging speeds at random


Another problem that could cause your car to break down is if your car is unable to regulate the heat that is generated, which could be caused by a coolant leak, transmission problems or a faulty radiator. Pay attention to some of the following symptoms that might be warning of an impending problem:

  • Your temperature will seem higher than usual
  • Delays when your car attempts to change gears could be related to overheating
  • Ping sounds coming from within your hood
  • Noticeable loss of power


This is pretty simple to prevent, just make sure that you have your tires checked for wear and air pressure regularly to avoid a blowout. But, just in case, the following are some signs of bad tires:

  • Mild to severe vibration when driving
  • Cracks, tread wear, or blisters on your tires

No Start

You could have some kind of fuel delivery issues like a faulty fuel pressure regulator forcing your engine not to have enough fuel to turn on. You may also have a drained battery, faulty battery connection or ignition issues, which will affect your vehicle's ability to spark an ignition.

Look for the following signs:

  • Takes longer for the engine to turn over
  • Mild to violent jerks when attempting ignition

Be sure to take your car in to your auto care specialist to have these issues taken care of to avoid dealing with a broken down car just as long as you remember that these are merely preventative and do not guarantee that you won't experience a problem. For more information, contact companies like TNT Equipment Hauling.