A flat battery can be due to a poor electrical connection or because you rarely take a long journey which allows your battery to charge. Don’t wait for that battery warning light – get your connections checked or charge the battery yourself overnight every fortnight or so.
Persistent battery problems and dim headlights when the car engine is idling could mean a faulty alternator. Get it checked. Please note: If your ignition warning light comes on and your engine temperature suddenly starts to rise then switch your engine off as your car’s drive belt may have broken; this drives the alternator, water pump and power steering pump. Do NOT restart your engine – call your garage immediately.
If you turn the ignition key and only hear a clicking noise or the dashboard lights come on and the car will not start, check all connections to the battery, alternator and starter motor, including solenoid, are secure. Starter motors are usually very robust and most problems are either due to a faulty battery, faulty HT leads, faulty spark plugs or poor terminal connections.
If they are failing you will notice signs of: cylinder misfires, loss of power, hard to start issues, rough idle and increase in fuel consumption. Always get a full new set, do not mix old with new.
HT leads deteriorate with age. If you are having starting problems, check them for physical damage such as cuts and scorch marks. Always get a full new set, do not mix old with new.
Wheel and Tyre damage
Check the tyre tread on all wheels with a depth measuring gauge at least once a month: always bear in mind that less tread equals less effective braking. If you hit a pothole or kerb, or you can see that there is uneven tyre wear, then get it checked out with a specialist as your wheel may be misaligned.
If you do need car keys in a hurry then you will need to visit an authorised dealer or call out an Auto Locksmith. It is much cheaper to keep a spare at home.
Put the wrong fuel in your engine? Do not start it. Call your garage straightaway to drain and flush it out of the system.
If you notice any difference to the way the clutch feels when you use it, e.g. the gear pops out when accelerating or the pedal feels hard and difficult to depress, get it checked out straight away. If the pedal suddenly sinks to the floor and breaks when driving, pull over to a safe area and call your garage.
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