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The Most Common Reasons Why Cars Break Down

Last updated 4 years ago

Dealing with a breakdown on the road can be a frustrating and inconvenient experience for any driver. To help make sure that you are prepared for a situation that requires emergency auto repairs, it is helpful to know what is most likely to go wrong with your vehicle. Here is a look at some of the most common reasons why cars break down.

Engine Overheating

Overheating is a primary cause of car breakdowns, and can be a particular problem during the hotter months of summer. To prevent engine overheating, you should make sure that your coolant is always filled to the correct level. If you are faced with an overheating engine while you are driving, you can pull to the side of the road and cool down your vehicle by running the heater and fan at full capacity.

Tire Blowout

Flat tires are another primary cause of vehicle breakdowns. Your tire can blowout for a variety of reasons, including improper inflation, excessive wear, or debris on the road. To help ensure that your tires are in good working condition, you should check them regularly to make sure that they are properly inflated and that the treads are at a safe level of wear.

Dead Battery

When your car fails to start as you turn the key, your vehicle may have a dead battery. You can start a dead battery by connecting jumper cables between your vehicle and another car. To keep your battery in good working condition, you should make sure that it is filled with the right amount of fluid and that the exterior is clean and free of corrosion. 

If your vehicle is in need of maintenance, do not hesitate to make an appointment at Dekalb Tire. We will provide you with a full range of auto maintenance and repairs, and our team of technicians will get you back on the road in no time. To make an appointment at one of our convenient Atlanta locations, call us today at (404) 252-9895.


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