Unless you are lucky and have a perfect car or truck that never, ever has any problems, you will will have to deal with automotive repairs at some point or another. Preventative maintenance steps like oil changes, fluid flushes and tire rotations are always important, but automotive problems can and will happen eventually—especially the older your vehicle gets.
Let’s look at 10 of the most common auto repairs needed by today’s drivers:
1. Tire Repair/Replacement
Regular tire rotation helps even out the tread wear, but accidents can still happen. You might scrape the curb a bit too hard, hit a pothole or run over a nail or something else that punctures the tire. In some cases, a simple tire patch job is all you need. In others, the tire may need to be completely replaced.
2. Oxygen Sensor
This is perhaps the most common auto repair. Oxygen sensors are notoriously delicate and can fail. Using the right fuel in your car will help, along with routine spark plug and air filter replacements, but at some point the sensor may need to be replaced.
3. Catalytic Converter
The catalytic converter is a key component of your vehicle’s exhaust system. If your engine regularly overheats or you have exhaust leaks, it could be related to the catalytic converter.
Replacing brake pads is fairly routine when they are getting low. The rotors may also need to be replaced or remachined over time.
5. Power Steering
If you notice any trouble steering, it could be a few different things. You may just need some fresh power steering fluid, or it could be a problem within the steering column that you should get checked out by an auto repair expert.
6. Heating/Air Conditioning
From the cabin air filter to the vents to the various other components that run your heating and air conditioning system, repairs to heating/AC are common—especially in an area with harsh weather conditions.
7. Fuel Pump
Fuel pumps can get clogged, especially if you go through long periods where the car is not in use. Your fuel pump is a vital part and you simply will not be able to drive anywhere if it goes bad.
It’s a simple fact that no car battery will last forever. Regular maintenance will help extend its lifespan and improve performance, but eventually it may need to be replaced.
9. Aftermarket Parts
We deal with aftermarket parts quite a bit at Bill’s Quality Auto Care. Sometimes, we end up fixing someone else’s mistakes when something was improperly installed. Or, we simply do the original installations for our customers when they want aftermarket parts or performance components added to their vehicles.
10. Minor Repairs
Some repairs are rather inexpensive and easy to take care of, whether you have it done at a shop or attempt to do it yourself. Examples included changing the engine air filter, headlight/tail light bulbs or windshield wipers.
Though these are some of the most common repairs we do at Bill’s Quality Auto Care, it’s really just the tip of the iceberg. Life happens and so do car problems. If you need something looked at, you require auto repairs or you just want standard maintenance services, call Bill’s Quality Auto Care in Simi Valley today at (805) 387-9418.