Regular Maintenance to Avoid Roadside Assistance
We’ve all driven down the highway and passed a car pulled over on the shoulder, emergency lights flashing, the hood open, and a bunch of unhappy family members squatting on the side of the road looking glum. Every time we see someone broken down on the side of the road, we pat our vehicle on the dash and think appreciative thoughts that it isn’t us. And then we feel a little shame because we know we haven’t been keeping up with our yearly engine and maintenance checks. Regular maintenance and preventative care is the best way to avoid the most common reasons for needing roadside assistance.
Reasons your Car Breaks Down
There can be many reasons for your car to break down. Some are more obvious than others. Some can be prevented, and some are a complete surprise. There is the failure to maintain your car, increasing the chances of breaking down and needing emergency roadside assistance. But, there are also things that can just happen, for seemingly no reason at all. Roadside assistance is typically needed due to either your battery, alternator, or tires.
We all take our car battery for granted. As long as the car is starting and driving, then the battery will automatically recharge itself again and again. However, every battery has a lifespan of about 3-5 years, and many drivers tend to push this to the limit. In cold states, like Illinois and Missouri, the winter can also be tough on your battery. In the cold months, your battery will sometimes use more charge to power your car than it is able to regenerate. This can leave your battery weak and can result in battery failure.
Sometimes what seems like a simple battery problem can actually be the result of an alternator problem. If you notice your headlights dimming, or you seem to have consistent problems with your battery, dig a bit deeper and you may find that the real underlying problem is a weak alternator. If the alternator is bad, then the battery is going to struggle to keep up, often resulting in a breakdown and the need for roadside assistance.
It’s hard to prepare for most tire problems. Potholes and debris can puncture and damage your tires in an instant, without warning. Of course, if you know that your tires are worn and old, they may be more likely to fail than if you take good care of your tires and have them switched out in accordance to the make and model of your vehicle. And with regular maintenance checks, your mechanic should be able to give you fair warning when it’s time to replace your tires. Of course, even the best tires can blowout, which is why tire problems are one of the top three reasons that people call for roadside assistance.
If you need emergency roadside assistance in Missouri or Illinois, contact 24 Hour Mobile Mechanics. We can diagnose and fix most problems on the spot and get you back on the road in no time.