3 Handy Tips You Need To Know When Your Car Breaks Down Suddenly

A car that’s not moving isn’t going to help much if you have a destination to get to.

If you’re hoping to get somewhere, the worst thing that can get happen to you is that your breaks down. Unless you eat curry and you have a white shirt on and you splatter over it. That’s the worst.

But we digress. Having your car break down is sometimes a stressful and tiring experience, especially if you don’t know how to get your car moving again.

It doesn’t help that sometimes, it takes a long time for help to get to you.

Well, we’re here to help you out with some basic tips. Keep in mind that these are just basic emergency steps. Of course, if your car is missing an engine, we can’t help you out.

Figuring Out What’s Wrong

Your car might have a few problems when it’s not starting. Here are some symptoms of common problems.

The car is silent when you turn the ignition

Check the battery terminals. If they’re corroded, try lodging a screwdriver (with a wooden or insulated handle) between the connector and terminal. If you can start the engine, it’s the cables that are out of order. Clean them or replace them.

There’s a clicking sound

It usually means a dead battery. Check all connections. If it’s a dead battery, you’ll need to jumpstart your car.

The engine cranks but won’t start

It’s probably your fuel, check if your tanks’ empty.

Jumpstarting Your Car

Now, a simple jump start might seem basic to a lot of people, but to others, it’s one of those things you never remember from driving school.

First things first, you obviously want a working power source near to your car. So, the car with the working battery should park close enough for your cables to reach.

Then you’ll want to connect the first end of the RED positive cable to the positive terminal of both batteries.

Afterwards, you’ll want to connect the BLACK negative cable to both negative terminals. You’ll want to always do the positive terminals first, before the negative to avoid sparks.

Once they’re connected, you’ll want to start the engine of the working car. After a minute or so, start the car with the dead battery. If it doesn’t work, try again for longer. But, you’ll want to switch off the engine if the cables get hot.

Once you have the engine running, you should leave it on for a while to charge the battery.

Remove the cables; negative first, then positive. Make sure they don’t touch metal surfaces. Driving or leaving the engine on for at least 30 minutes should give it a good charge.

Punctured Tyres

If you have a tyre as flat as your dreams, that isn’t a good sign or good time to drive. Firstly, it’s uncomfortable. Secondly, if you continue driving with it, you’re going to damage it. In short, you’re going to have a bad time. So, with that said, let’s get down to business.

First, you’ll need to make sure your car is on a flat piece of land. If not, your car’s going to roll away, just like the love of your life.

Of course, you’ll want to have your handbrake up, and a heavy rock at the front and rear tyres to stop the car from moving.

Then begin by loosening the nuts; turn them counter clockwise. You’ll want them loose enough that you can remove them by hand later. Step on the wrench if you have to.

Place the jack under the frame near the tyre of your car, at the metal portion. Jack your car up until the tyre is off the ground.

Remove the nuts completely, then the tyre. Put on the spare tyre, and tighten the nuts. Lower the car until the car is resting on the tyre. Then tighten the nuts again with the wrench.


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Now you’re a little more prepared, you’re ready for some basic emergency situations. Of course, if there’s major damage to your car, it’s always best to get a professional to take a look.

Original article can be found here.

Top Image: straitstimes.com

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