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Five Car Breakdowns Caused by The Driver

Updated August 7, 2014

Even the most reliable model may fail more than any other if not used in a proper way. Take note of the little vices that drivers usually have on the wheel and you should avoid if you don’t want your car to require breakdown cover before its time.

1. If you don’t check the tire pressures regularly, two things can happen

The tires wear unevenly. There’s a chance of blowout launch, which, in addition to causing an accident, damages the tire rolling on the floor without the rubber tire. Blowouts occur at high speed, so it is possible that the pieces of rubber causing damage in the wheel arches, fenders, wings, etc. fly apart. So it’s important to check the tire pressure at least once a month. These pressures are indicated by the manufacturer in the user’s book, on the inner side of the lid of the fuel tank, or within one of the doors.

2. Ignoring engine temperature while accelerating

When the motor has been off for some time and therefore is cold most of the oil is deposited in the sump. So when you start, the engine takes a few seconds for the oil to reach all the ‘ins and outs’ and also for it to reach a higher temperature, getting better lubrication. Therefore, excessive speed when the engine is cold causes more internal engine wear. If the engine is cold, it is advisable to wait about 10 seconds before starting to move. Then always accelerate gradually, avoiding that the motor exceeds 2700 rpm in diesel and 3500 in petrol.

3. If at a traffic light, keeping the clutch pedal depressed

This bad habit causes increased wear of clutch system, because there’s always some friction of internal parts affecting both the disk and, above all, the parts acting on it. Put the car in neutral without the clutch in these circumstances. That will prevent wear and your left leg will be more rested.

4. Abusing the brakes on long descents

Pressing heavily on the brake pedal may have three consequences: increased wear of discs and pads, cause possible deformation of the discs, something that would generate strong vibrations in the steering wheel when braking and damage to the brake fluid which will offer less resistance to fatigue. Use short marches, for example, down in third gear instead of fourth-when faced with long slopes.

5. Not using the air conditioning

The proper operation of the air conditioning ensures proper lubrication system, which extends the life of the compressor and helps reduce the risk of gas leaks. Connect the AC at least once every two or three months for 10 minutes, no matter whether you choose a high temperature to keep warm in the car in winter, remember that if it rains, connecting the air will help to prevent the windows from fogging.

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