10 Common Problems with your Car that New Driver Need to know

Maintaining the condition and the performance of the car is the utmost important for every car owners. Generally, the new users feel ver...

Maintaining the condition and the performance of the car is the utmost important for every car owners. Generally, the new users feel very uncomfortable and scared when they meet any problems with their car. If maintenance is not proper and these faults are neglected, it may lead to major problems and may even cause accidents. So, it is essential for the new users to know some basic car problems that they can face and how to fix them.
Given below are some common problems with car that new users need to know. Recognizing how to troubleshoot these faults will prevent further problems.

Headlights or Tail Lights Out

Headlights and tail lights are necessary for night-time driving. If head or tail lights are not working, it means the lights are burned out. These lights have a certain lifetime after which they get burned. All you have to do is take out the bulb, and replace with a new one. Remember, each car model have a different type of bulb, so replace with the correct one.

Defective Battery

The batteries need extreme care every day. The terminals of the battery must be checked daily and coated with petroleum jelly if needed, to protect from corrosion. If batteries are defective or dead, your car won’t start. But, you must make sure that the car starting problem is due to a defective battery and not because of a bad starter.
You can find the condition of the battery with the help of a tester or a voltmeter. If you don’t have them, then you have to move to the nearest auto store and let them to check. If battery is dead, then it must be replaced with a new one. 

Damaged or Flat Tires

Effective tires are essential for an easy and comfortable driving. Flat tire is the most common problem encountered by many drivers. When tire goes flat during driving, you will hear and feel some vibrations. Then, immediately it is necessary to park your vehicle at side.
If you continue to drive with the flat tire, then it will also damage the wheel of your car. A spare tire is available in your car trunk along with tools required for replacing the tire. A lug nut ratchet is also available to remove lug nuts. You can also use cordless impact wrench which is also available in the market to remove lug nuts easily. This tool even makes stubborn nuts lose. For tightening purposes, it is better to use a torque wrench to adjust to the manufacturer settings.

Faulty Spark Plugs

Faulty spark plug leads to engine misfires. The engine will not start properly and may shake so badly that it causes vibrations. When misfire occurs, the performance of the car will be reduced and fuel consumption will be increased. Also, the exhaust emitted will show high levels of Hydrocarbon. So, it is necessary to replace these spark plugs when needed.

Failed Blower Motor Resistor

Blower motor resistor is an electrical component of the vehicle’s heating and air-conditioning system. It is used to control the speed of the blower. The settings of the blower motor resistor are changed according to the speed of the fan.
If the blower motor resistor is damaged or failed due to some reason, then the speed of the fan cannot be changed and may even cause the fan to stop working completely. Then it is required for your car to be inspected by a professional technician. 

Car Air Conditioner Problem

If car air conditioner is faulty, the common reason is a leaky compressor. The refrigerant may leaked out of the compressor and due to which the air is not getting cooled. Another reason may be the compressor clutch is not engaging when AC is on. This can be due to a wiring problem and can be checked by checking the voltage.
If it is showing voltage but is not engaging the compressor, then the problem may be with the clutch. The clutch may be damaged or defective and need to be replaced.

Fuel Problems

Make sure that the tank is always filled with fuel and it is necessary to keep an eye on fuel consumption. Problems like leaky pipes and faulty fuel injectors can be seen and must be repaired immediately.

Leaky Head Gasket

Leaky head gasket is one of the major problems that can be encountered. The main symptom that can be seen is the overheating of an engine and a white smoke from exhaust. Leaky gasket leads to a loss of coolant causing engine overheat.
The other problem is the mixing of antifreeze with the crankcase oil, which leads to bearing damage. You must not be forced to drive with a leaky gasket, but it must be replaced as soon as possible.

Squeaky or Noisy Brakes

A noisy brakes may be due to loose brake pads or a dust in a brake drum. Getting your car serviced will solve the problem either by cleaning the drum or by replacing the brake pads with a new one.

No Brakes

This is the most dangerous situation and is caused due to loss of fluid pressure in the brake system. If there is a fluid leak in a brake line or a brake hose, then there may not be enough fluid pressure in the lines. Another reason may be worn brake linings or worn Master Brake Cylinder. The car must be thoroughly checked for all these things when getting serviced.


The above mentioned problems are the most common faults that can be encountered by the car users and must take immediate action to avoid further major problems. When you are working on your car, make sure you have proper tools, instructions and safety gear. It is a good idea to purchase some essential tools such as Multimeter, Garage tool kit, Cordless Impact wrench and a Torque wrench.
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Abigail is the founder of Thehandynest, where she and her trusted blog that’s full of tutorials, ideas, advice and information will inspire you and help you with your home improvement and other needs. She is also a mother of two where she enjoys her passion and her dream of making the best place for her children.


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