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8 COMMON CAR PROBLEMS EVERY DRIVER SHOULD BE AWARE OF 

Faulty Brakes

You might notice a spongy brake pedal, hear squealing or grinding noises, or experience a longer stopping distance. This can often be resolved by replacing the brake pads or rotors.

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Malfunctioning Alternator

Signs include dimming lights and accessories that fail to work properly. The car may also struggle to start or stall. Fixing an alternator typically involves replacing it, which should be done by a professional.

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Steering Wheel Shaking

If the steering wheel shakes, it might be due to unbalanced tires, misalignment, or problems with the steering components. Balancing or rotating the tires, or getting a wheel alignment, can often resolve this issue.

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Overheating Engine

An overheating engine will often cause the temperature gauge to rise to the “H” mark and may produce steam from under the hood.

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Transmission Issues

Difficulty in shifting gears, unusual noises while in gear, and slipping gears are common symptoms. This can be a complex issue, often requiring professional diagnosis and repair.

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Oil Leak

Signs of an oil leak include the presence of oil spots or puddles under the parked car, a burning oil odor while driving, and a noticeable drop in the oil level on the dipstick.

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Exhaust System Problems

Loud noises or a decrease in fuel efficiency can indicate an issue with the exhaust system. A way to help confirm is by inspecting the exhaust system for damage, including the muffler, pipes, and catalytic converter.

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Faulty Thermostat

Overheating or underheating can indicate a faulty thermostat. Replacing the thermostat is generally an inexpensive repair that can prevent more serious engine problems.

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