Car repairs are inevitable and may happen anytime especially when a season changes. A study conducted by a car repair company “YourMechanic” shows some of the most common car repairs by season. They provided interesting facts and tips that might interest you if you own a car.
The study shows that spring is the time where most cars will experience issues especially with the window motors, window regulators, timing chain, and wheel speed sensors. The timing chain is the most sensitive of them all that almost 44% of repairs is about it that are done during the spring.
When we talk about summer, we think about road trips, beaches, and refreshing beverages. Not until your car starts to act up and begging for its life for you to repair some of its parts. The study revealed that HVAC failure, broken cooling fans, timing chain repairs, and window lift motors are the most common car issues during this time of the year.
Fall, on the other hand, problems with air springs, engine distributor, timing cover gasket, and the heater system is the most likely you’ll encounter.
How much more during the winter season, where your car’s heater system, oil cooler lines, windshield washers, and headlight bulbs definitely need attention.
What the Experts Think About Seasonal Car Repairs
- Some companies, however, didn’t agree with the YourMechanic’s study about seasonal car repairs. Here are their thoughts about it:
- Brandon Grade (Service Advisor, Findlay Toyota) – “A lot of the issues listed are unpredictable, Regular maintenance and inspections can help a problem be caught before a catastrophic failure happens. But I don’t believe you are going to be able to prevent a window motor failure, regardless of how well you maintain your car.”
- Rocco DeMas (Parts Manager, VW Parts Vortex) – “The YourMechanic data is interesting, but also sort of misleading. For example, the data puts a lot of emphasis on failing window lift motors and regulators.”
What’s the Deal with Timing Chains?
- As mentioned earlier, timing chain is one of the most common issue when it comes to car repair. Timing belts and timing chains are a bit similar but still different in such a way. The former will need to be replaced anywhere from 40,000 to 100,000 miles, while the latter is more durable since its made of metal. Which means that timing chains have a lesser chance of snapping off unexpectedly while driving.
- The chain is located inside the motor and it’s lubricated by the engine oil as you drive. It’s not necessary to replace it unless there’s a major problem that needs to be addressed. Some manufacturer’s however, didn’t include timing chains on their service list so you have to do it on your own. Signs if your timing chain needs replacement is when you hear a rattling sound during idling, and some metal shavings can be seen in the oil.
- Some might say that winter is the season where car repairs are most present. However, car experts shared their opinions about this misconception.
- Brandon Grade – “I live in Las Vegas, Nevada. Our winters are mild compared to a lot of the country, especially when it comes to cars. We rarely get freezing temperatures or snow but our summers are brutal.”
- Rocco DeMas – “Winter is hard on cars because of collisions and corrosion, but people tend to drive less when it’s cold outside, so there’s less normal wear.”
The Difference Between an Owner’s Manual and Dealership
- An owner’s manual and a service department’s dealership have different ways when it comes to vehicle servicing. In some instance, costly repairs are avoidable if you take care of your car to keep it running in good condition.
- “The people who built the car will know what should be done to maintain it. Knowing what the owner’s manual says will help you maintain your car properly,” Grade said. “As a service advisor, I try to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines as close as possible.”
- Communication is also important, as reading the owner’s manual isn’t enough. “The dealership usually knows more about wear and tear in the local market, so it’s a good idea to listen to their recommendations. Still, everyone agrees the scheduled maintenance recommended by the automaker is the bare minimum,” DeMas added.
Keep it Cool
- As car owners, is there anything we can do to prevent seasonal costly car repairs and maintenance? The answer is no. You might better get an extended repair warranty and maintenance contract just to be sure.
Preventive Maintenance is Key
- The problem is not about the parts, but it’s about how you maintain it. Small things such as oil changes, tire rotation, and filter change are crucial when it comes to vehicle maintenance. In fact, maintenance lets you save more cash compared to doing seasonal repairs. To sum it all up, it’s about doing the little things before adding up a lot. It’s about spending a little bit of cash to save a bunch for later. People sometimes skip this part and tend to splurge out for car repairs without thinking of where did they go wrong when it comes to maintenance.