When you are driving down the road and you see someone on the side of the road. You may often think what happened to them that they are on the side of the road? You don’t want to end up broken down on the side of the road either. So, what can you do to help minimize the risk of this happening? Citywide Towing Service knows a thing or two about breakdowns and is here to give you a few tips on what you can do to avoid being stuck on the side of the road.
Fluid Levels Should Be Checked
To help minimize the risk of your vehicle breaking down, you should make sure you check your fluid levels often. Low or leaking fluids can make your car inoperable causing a breakdown when driving. The fluids that you need to check are Engine oil, transmission fluid, coolant, and brake fluid. Make sure all of these fluids are changed when needed and filled when low.
Check Your Brakes
You do not want to be on the road when your brakes stop working. The good news is that you can usually see signs that this is happening and you will need to replace brake pads and rotor finish. One sign is you will be hearing a squealing or grinding noise when you press on your brakes. This can mean that your brake pads or rotor finish need to be replaced because they have been worn down. You may notice that when you press on the brake you have to press further down on your brakes to brake and also the brake pedal may vibrate if the rotor is warped.
Check to See if Your Car Battery is Good
Did you know that a dead or weak battery is one of the leading causes of vehicle breakdowns? Make sure you have a good battery in your car and if you do have a battery that continues to die, replace it. Your battery can die for a few reasons. Leaving the lights on or radio on while the car isn’t running. In extreme temperatures, when it is freezing your battery can drain about 30-60%. Once you get it started the battery should be good and start charging itself again. Or maybe your battery is just old and needs to be replaced. Whatever the reason is if you have a dead battery you will need to jump it to get your car started again. If your car battery dies frequently, then it might be time to look into a new battery.
You will want to inspect your tires often, at least once a month. Many cars today will tell you when you have low pressure, but it is still smart to check your tires. When you check them, you will want to make sure you check tire pressure and tread on your tires. Doing this can help you avoid a flat tire or blowout and avoid getting stuck on the side of the road trying to change your tire.
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Having your car break down can make a good day go bad. Following these few tips can help minimize the risk of having a breakdown. But if you do find yourself with a broken-down car, Citywide Towing Service is happy to come out and help get your car to the place it needs to be. Call us today!