3 Common Reasons For a Car Breakdown

Posted July 7, 2023

Few things are more unsettling than a sudden and unexpected vehicular breakdown that leaves you stranded and calling for a costly tow. According to Investopedia, motorists in the United States experience about 69 million vehicular breakdowns every year. Here are three common reasons why you might need to get a car fixed.

1. Bad Battery or Alternator

A car battery provides your vehicle’s starter motor with the power it needs to turn over the motor and get it running. If the battery is weak or dead, the starter motor will not have enough power to start, and your vehicle will go nowhere without either a jump start or a new battery. The alternator is what charges the battery while the engine is running and provides power while you are underway. A defective belt or a defective alternator will cause your vehicle to stop running until you get a car fixed by replacing the part.

2. Electrical System Failure

Closely related to the battery and alternator is your vehicle’s electrical system. A variety of relays, fuses, and solenoids all are part of a vehicle’s electrical system, along with wires and connections. When just one goes bad, at least some part of your vehicle will not work at all. You might have lights that go out, power windows that do not work, or maybe an engine that will not start. An electrical system failure could sideline your vehicle until you have the problem diagnosed and the defective electrical component fixed.

3. Overheated Motor

An internal combustion motor has thousands of moving parts that require lubrication to reduce friction and heat. Your motor needs good oil to lubricate moving parts and reduce friction and heat. The radiator and a reservoir inside the motor hold coolant that circulates through the engine and radiator to keep the motor at an optimal operating temperature. Leaking or deteriorated coolant, oil, or both could cause the engine to experience more friction that creates more heat. Once the engine overheats, it could suffer extensive damage and become useless until repaired or replaced.

You can get a car fixed or schedule preventive maintenance by calling us or visiting our repair facility. We have certified technicians with lots of experience who can use the latest diagnostic equipment and tools needed to fix your vehicle whenever feasibly possible. Contact us at Chase Automotive Repair today to learn more!

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