The Most Common Causes of Car Breakdown in Ireland

The most frequently encountered reason behind an auto breakdown is still horizontal or drained batteries, based on a latest survey.

A total of 23 per cent of those 100,000 breakdowns analyzed were brought on to battery flaws, accompanied closely by 14% concerning some tyre problem like being a puncture. The number of car breakdowns climbed by 5 %, partially because of the gain in the total number of vehicles on the roads.

There are many reasons that cars break down, from battery failure to flat tires. Here is a look at some of the most common causes of a car breakdown in Ireland. 

1.      Flat/Faulty Battery 

Flat batteries account for around a third of all car breakdowns in Ireland. The most common problems with batteries caused by a loss of voltage or connection problems. Be sure to check the battery terminals have been cleaned and have added protection against corrosion. Most battery-related breakdowns are caused by old and faulty batteries that need to replace, so get yours replaced regularly. 

2.      Punctures 

Tyre punctures are another major problem in Ireland. While they can sound simple enough, machine tightened nuts can be difficult for the average motorist to remove. Flat tyres are commonly caused by; 

·        Sharp objects puncturing the tyre

·        Damage to the valve where tyres are inflated 

·        Vandalism 

·        Colliding with a car or pothole 

·        Excessive tyre wear to the point where even blunt objects can damage it 

3.      Lost Car Keys 

If you lose your car keys then having an authorized dealer recover them is often the only option you have. Even then, it could take several days to get the replacement keys. That’s why it’s recommended that you keep a spare set of keys just in case. 

4.      Alternator Problems 

Dimmed headlights and regular car problems could be a sign that something is wrong with the alternator/generator in your car. The belts that drive the alternator in your can also operate the water pump and radiator fan. A red warning light on your dashboard and a sudden increase in engine temperature can be signs of a broken belt. Be sure to stop your car immediately and call for assistance. 

You can protect yourself against these problems – and more – by buying comprehensive motor cover from AA Insurance. The AA has regular patrols and offers roadside assistance. Most of these problems can be fixed on the roadside, but you should never neglect to get your car assessed and maintained regularly. 

5.      Starter Motor 

Starter motors are robust, but they can still fail. Getting your car serviced regularly can help to spot potential problems before they escalate to keep your vehicle running. 

6.      Distributor Cap 

The distributor cap is an integral part of the ignition system, and it can be damaged by dirt and moisture. A crack in the insulation of the cap can be almost invisible but is more than enough to allow ignition voltage to leak, particularly in damp weather. This means there’s no ignition spark in the car and it won’t start. Get the cap replaced regularly. 

7.      Fuel Problems 

Empty fuel tanks are a surprisingly common issue despite also being the most preventable. Make sure that your tank has enough petrol n at the start of your journey. Also, make sure that you put the right fuel in your car. Over 100,000 motorists put the wrong fuel in their car each year. Don’t put diesel fuel in a petrol car, and don’t put petrol in a diesel car. 

8.      Clutch Cables 

Clutch cables are put under a lot of stress. Abrasions on the cables can cause the wire strands to snap and break. The good news is that they can often be repaired temporarily on the roadside, but you should get them replaced properly at your earliest convenience; especially if you notice some wear and tear before they actually break. 

9.      Spark Plugs 

Spark plugs are the most neglected part of the ignition system. Make sure that you keep your plugs in good condition and replace them regularly. 

10.  HT Leads 

High-tension leads (HT leads) and their connections start to fail and get damaged over time. Water and dirt get into the cracks in the insulation, reducing ignition voltage and making it harder to start your car. The problem can be resolved temporarily using damp-repellant sprays, but you should ask your garage to check the leads and replace them if they need it. 

These are just some of the most common car breakdown problems in Ireland. Having your car or van breakdown for just about any reason might be stressful. Using fantastic insurance which provides essential roadside assistance would be the optimal solution which may make your life more comfortable on the roads.

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