Every task in life is difficult at the beginning, and driving is of course no exception. I believe that all car owners and friends will encounter some problems more or less when they first start using their car, and today I will give you 6 common but inexplicable vehicle problems and how to tackle them.
1. The Vehicle’s Key and Steering Wheel are Stuck and will not Spin
Some novices entered the car and found that the car key could not be turned when starting the car, and the steering wheel was also stuck.
In fact, the above situation is actually the steering wheel is automatically locked. When parking, the steering wheel swings to a certain angle, and the key cannot be twisted at this time. In fact, most cars have this function, and its main function is anti-theft/Immobilizer.
The solution to Auto-lock Steering Wheel and Key:
To solve this, you need to turn both the key and the steering wheel simultaneously. As long as you turn the steering wheel gently, there will be a pop and the steering wheel lock will be unlocked.
2. Car Always Runs out of Battery Juice/Electricity
When I started the car in the morning, I got no power/crank. After checking, I found out that the battery was dead.
At this time, new car owners must not complain about their cars, because new batteries rarely run out of power, which is probably their own problem.
At this point, you need to think about whether you need to turn on the air conditioner, turn off the sound and listen to the sound, or sometimes forget to turn off the lights at night. In such severe cold days, don’t let the battery run out of power, otherwise, you can only stand in the cold wind and wait for rescue.
Technically, battery power goes down faster during very cold weather compared to warm ones. Therefore, avoid using power-hungry accessories such as your AC unless you have fully charge your battery.
In addition, using the A/C during short city trips will have severe negative effect on your battery as it will give out more power than it is taking in.
Solution Vehicles Battery drain:
- Before getting off the vehicle, turn off all electrical switches.
- If your car has Bluetooth, make sure you power it off when not in use or replace it if it is damaged. A defective Bluetooth module that is still connected to the vehicle will consume more power than a working one.
- Always take your vehicle for a long freeway/highway ride of at least 30 minutes every once in a while. This will allow the battery to charge faster.
- During short city drive, avoid the ac and roll down the windows or and the sunroof instead.
- When you drive at night, don’t forget to turn off the headlight(many vehicles will give you a warning beep, some vehicles will turn them off for you)
- Don’t leave your inner lights on.
3. The Back Door Always Fails to Open in the Car
It may happen that the person in the back seat is about to get off, but found that the door could not be opened, but it was easy to pull from the outside.
That was another mistake that the novice must make to unlock the child lock.
The child lock feature is to prevent children from opening the door in the car, that is, the back seat of the car cannot be opened, but it can be opened normally from the outside.
Solution: Just close the child lock.
4. When you Are Being Flashed/Dazzled by the High Beam Lights of Other Cars
These signs often confuse new car owners especially those ones that did not attend any driving school. There are three instances when other car drivers will shake their headlight to draw your attention. This first instance is to say “hello” to you. However, if the driver is not known to you, then the following possibilities apply:
- First off, the approaching driver is warning you not to come too close or not to overtake.
- In a single carriage road where there are bad sections in the road, the driver opposite you may be telling you to go first.
- Furthermore, if the car coming from the opposite side keeps shaking you, it can mean that you are driving with the high beam or that you are drifting out of your lane.
- In addition, if the vehicle behind you frequently shakes the headlights, then you are or driving too slowly, remember “too fast is wrong, too slow is wrong”.
- Finally, blinking the high beam light can also be an indication that the person is trying to tell you that something is wrong with your car under the hood or underneath it. E.g overheating or pictured tires.
- Look at your instrument panel, is there an indicator light indicating that the high beam light is on, if it is on, then turns off your high beam light.
- Check your temperature gauge
- Check your TPMS if your vehicle has one
- Driver faster if the warning is coming from behind you.
- Lastly, pull over to safe place and inspect your vehicle for any abnormalities.
5. I always feel Uncomfortable After Driving in My car
I always feel that the road is bumpy when driving my own car.
This simply means the tire pressure is not suitable. If it is a new car, or driving on a city road, then the tire pressure may be too high. The normal tire pressure is mostly maintained between 2.0Mpa ~ 2.5Mpa.
Sadly, many tire shops are relatively careless, without measuring the tire pressure, the vehicle’s shock absorption performance will be greatly reduced, affecting comfort and even accelerating tire wear.
The solution to Uncomfortable Driving Experience:
Go to the car repair shop and adjust your tire pressure to the correct tire pressure
6. Windshield Stress Cracks, Dash cracks or Fading Interior
Another problem first-time drivers encounter is windshield cracks and or interior fading. Windshield cracks are a common occurrence in tropical climates. While dashboard cracks are not so common, some specific models of certain automakers have been plagued by it at some point. For example, Toyota, honda, and jaguar.
Similarly, and still, a problem in tropical regions is the issue of fading vehicle interiors such as leather seats, knobs, vinyl, and plastic trims. All of the above are caused by radiation from intense sunlight.
Just like I mentioned in my article here, you can repair minor windshield cracks but you will need to replace your entire windshield if the crack is huge.
Once your dashboard starts to crack, you will have just two options to fix it. 1. replace the entire dash or cover up the blemish/defect with a dashmat/dashcover. If however, you don’t have a crack yet, our you have no crack but a fading interior, you can buy 303 aerospace protectant and apply it on your interior to restore its health and shine as it is when bought new