12 Most Common Car Problems

Owning a car can make life easier, but it comes with a price and it’s not about how much it costs to buy it. It sometimes seems that with today’s cars many things can go wrong and all too often you will find that it is costly to solve the most common problems.

Before buying your next car, be sure to obtain information about specific brands, models and years. Stay up to date on manufacturing defects and known common problems.

If your car has a problem, do not ignore it. Damage to cars tends to increase over time, meaning that smaller and cost-effective repairs can save thousands on future repairs if you catch an issue early enough. In addition, it’s important to keep your car in good condition so that you and your family are safe on the road. Remember, these are just some of the common problems.

Most Common Car Problems

Most car problems in the UK are widespread and are experienced daily by many drivers. Fortunately, most of these problems are not serious and can serve as a warning to help avoid more serious problems in the future. Here are some problems with the car that can occur and how you can resolve them.

Squeaking Brakes

This is common in most British cars. You can drive on a highway if you notice a squeak when braking. This may be due to the vibration of one of the following causes:

  • Pads and rotors
  • Calipers and frame
  • Upholstery and stirrups

You should not ignore possible causes by simply drowning out the sound. You should get your brakes checked by a trusted mechanic or garage.


If you’ve noticed that the ride is getting bumpy with your car lately, it’s time to have your car checked by a trusted and experienced mechanic, there could be an issue with your hock absorbers or springs.

Ignition Problem

Generally, the car starts but will not move this is a problem that commonly occurs in cars and other vehicles.

Flat Tyres

While most tyres collapse after an impact or puncture, simple wear is the main cause. Extend the life of your tyres by turning them according to the recommendations of your vehicle manufacturer. If your tyre tread is still of sufficient depth and there is no uneven wear and tear then a simple puncture repair is your cheapest option.

Alternator Fault

The alternator keeps all electrical systems in the car in working order to keep it running once the car is started. It is also responsible for charging the battery to keep it in good condition. If an alternator fails, the battery wears out prematurely and causes other startup problems. To avoid an alternator fault it’s recommended to have it checked regularly and if any issues are found to replace the alternator before a more serious problem arises.

Steering Wheel Shakes

These occur when the steering wheel wobbles or vibrates while driving. If this happens at higher speeds, there is usually a problem with the tyre or wheel balance. The best way to diagnose and solve this problem is to have the vehicle checked by a professional mechanic.

Radiator Leaking

Corrosion is the typical cause of radiator leaks. However, the root cause of corrosion can range from poor maintenance to manufacturing defects to contaminated liquids. In general, it is better to replace a radiator than to repair it.

Spark Plug

Spark plugs were big problem with car maintenance. Nowadays, it is rare for old or defective spark plugs to prevent your car from starting or running. However, one or two defective connectors may cause other engine problems.

Engine Failure

Engine failure could be the result of any number of issues. To solve this problem, you need the help of a mechanic or garage.

Warning Light

This is one of the most common car problems in the UK which is warning light. Since there are lots of warning codes when the warning light comes up, it is ideal to have the warning light checked by a professional mechanic to determine the cause and make the correct repairs on time.

Dead Battery

Normally car batteries have a lifespan of 2 to 3 years, but a dead battery is a verry common problem, especially if the vehicle is not used on a regular basis. A dead battery is also caused by a reduction in the current (or electrical currents) which, of course, decreases as the battery loses its ability to sustain a charge.

Automatic Transmission Failure

Normally an automatic transmission can easily handle more than 200,000km if maintenance is done regularly. A modern automatic transmission is made of a hydraulic system consisting of several seals, gaskets that can be damaged easily when clogged by dirt or leaks. When this happens, a transmission slip stops running smoothly. To avoid this common problem with the car be sure to have the gear box checked at each service or if you notice anything unusual.

All cars must be serviced to be ready for use. Even if you always keep an eye on the offered support services such as oil changes and tyre rotation, problems arise. Also, note that your driving style or car model can also make your car prone to more problems than others. The weather can aso have an influence.


Knowing basic problems and knowing how to solve these problems helps you to better understand what your car’s problem is and what the cause of the issue may be. Not only can you get an idea of your car’s problem and the cause of the problem, but you can also protect yourself and your family and save money if you are able to prevent a small problem from developing in to something more major simply by taing note of how your car is performing.

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