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When my car died for the fifth time this year, I knew that I needed to do something to improve things. I decided to start looking around for little upgrades that I could do on my own, and I ended up completely replacing the oil and changing out the air filter. The difference was astounding. My car seemed to have more power, and so I decided to keep going with my little tune-ups. This blog is all about improving your car one thing at a time and knowing what to do if you encounter car problems when you are on the road.

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5 Things On Your Vehicle That Are Likely To Need Repair

Owning a vehicle can be expensive because things will eventually break down over time. That's why it's important to be aware of the following things that can need to be repaired in your vehicle. 

The Battery

The battery in your vehicle is not meant to last forever, since it will eventually need to be replaced when it can no longer hold a charge or deliver the necessary voltage to run your vehicle. The battery is something that can be tested by measuring the voltage to make sure it is providing enough electricity. It is worth inspecting the battery regularly and considering premature replacement unless you want to deal with the consequences of a dead battery.

The Alternator

Your alternator is what helps charge the car battery, and it is a part that can see wear and tear over time that causes it to stop charging your battery. You may notice dim lights when you enter your car, or problems when you go to start your vehicle. It's worth keeping in mind because your battery may be fine and it's the alternator that needs replacement or repair. 

The Tires

Tires are something where you get what you pay for. A more expensive tire is going to have more tread, which is going to help the tires last longer before they need to be replaced. Pay attention to how much tread is left on your tires because you'll want to replace them before they start to bald. A good trick is to put a penny into the tire tread with Lincoln's head going into the tread. If the tread covers Lincoln's head at all, then there is enough tread depth to keep using the tires. If his head isn't covered, then consider tire replacement.

The Starter Motor

Ever go to start up your vehicle and nothing happens? This could be due to a bad starter motor. The longevity of the starter motor all depends on the wear and tear you put on this vehicle. If you're driving your car frequently and starting and stopping it, you're likely to put more wear on this part over time. Starting the vehicle in cold weather can also put more wear on this part.

The Sensors

Your vehicle has plenty of sensors in it that help communicate things that are wrong to you. Things like the oxygen sensor and mass airflow sensor are likely to break down over time and need to be replaced. Thankfully, these sensors will typically produce an error code that makes them easy to identify, and replacing them is relatively straightforward for a mechanic. 

Contact a local auto repair shop to learn more about these services.