Break your bad habits in 2019! Driving advice and tips from local car garage in Salisbury

The 8 most common car repairs – Advice from a car garage in Salisbury

At Rangers Garage in Durrington, our extensive experience in car repairs has helped us to pick up tips on how we can help drivers keep their cars safe, running efficiently and remain cost-effective.

This article outlines the 8 most common car repairs we regularly deal with at our car garage in Salisbury, as well as how you can spot the telltale signs of problems quickly, and get them repaired before they become an expensive issue in the long run.

1. Warning lights

According to The News Wheel, a warning light is the most common issue for UK car owners. These lights activate when the vehicle detects an error code triggered by a sensor in the car. Since there are more than 200 possible warning codes, having a professional technician complete a warning light inspection is the best way to determine the source and make the necessary repairs.

If you’re wondering what the most common vehicle warning lights mean, check out this guide from the RAC >>

2. Worn brake pads

Brakes will naturally wear with use so you must make sure any problems are resolved long before the brakes fail. You’ll notice when they’ll need placing if you hear a squeaking noise when you break. This is often a common repair that is flagged during your annual MOT, so if you’re given an advisory, it’s best to fix it sooner rather than later.

3. Wiper blade replacements

Although it’s obvious to say, visibility is fundamental to safe driving. Drivers primarily depend on their vehicle’s wiper blades to clear away rain, sleet and snow, but many wait to replace theirs until they’re completely busted. So remembering to maintain your wiper blades regularly can maximize visibility, efficiency and reliability, and most importantly keep you driving safely on the roads. If they start to squeak, this could be the sign that they need replacing.

As the UK weather is notorious for being the wettest in Europe, read our blog on wet weather driving tips to make sure you’re staying safe in the rain >>

4. Keep your tyres maintained

While most drivers put off purchasing new tyres until they fail their MOT or get a puncture, it’s more common for general wear and tear to be the main source of needing new ones. You can check the health of your tyres by looking for cracks and checking they’re the correct tread depth.

If you’re hoping to extend your tyre’s lifespan, one tip is to get them rotated by a trained technician. Generally, rotating tyres every 5,000 miles (or when you change your engine oil) is the best advice for keeping them safe and legal for as long as possible.

We understand that replacing or repairing tyres can be a complicated process, but our car garage in Salisbury makes the process simple. Try out our tyre finder here, or phone our team on 01980 655555 to get your vehicle booked in.

5. Battery replacements

Flat batteries are inconvenient and can also be caused by a simple accident, like leaving a light on. They can also occur because the battery has aged and lost the ability to keep its charge. This is commonly the case if your battery is older than 3-6 years or has travelled over 50,000 miles, according to Warrantywise. To avoid any headaches, if your battery needs replacing, just replace it!

6. Fuel cap replacements

This may seem like a silly one, but it might also be something that you’ve never considered before. Fuel caps prevent water from damaging parts of the fuel system, along with stopping dirt and other contaminants from getting into your vehicle’s systems. Next time you fill your car up, check to see if it’s sealing properly, and if not, it’s best to get a new one!

7. Shaky steering wheel

Multiple issues can cause the steering wheel to shake while driving but it’s often to do with the wheel bearings, tyre tread or damaged suspension components. Regardless of which it is, having a professional mechanic inspect your vehicle is the best way to correctly diagnose and resolve this issue before it becomes a bigger problem.

8. Electrical issues with your lights

Lighting is always a safety issue especially if it is a headlight, brake light or indicator that isn’t working correctly. Corrosion and wiring are the most common cause for bulb issues, as most bulbs last a long time before falling victim to normal wear and tear. At our car garage in Salisbury, we’ll check for electrical issues first, before replacing the bulb, as this will end up saving you more money than a replacement.

Looking for a car garage in Salisbury? Contact Rangers Garage!

If you are looking for car repairs in Salisbury, Rangers Garage can efficiently fix the most common (and uncommon!) car issues. We pride ourselves on offering first-class, reliable advice to our customers, whilst providing affordable rates for your car repairs in Salisbury and competitive prices on tyres.

“This is the best car garage in Salisbury. Rangers have two stand out qualities – honesty and integrity. They don’t try to upsell you or con you, they tell you what’s wrong, what’s worth fixing (or not worth it) and they quote a fair price that’s usually one of the most competitive.“   – John – Customer of Rangers Garage

Get in touch by calling us on 01980 655555, and our friendly and knowledgeable team will be more than happy to help… and be sure to like our Facebook page for the latest industry news, advice and offers!

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