Auto repairs are an unavoidable trouble faced by every driver.  You will most likely experience an unexpected breakdown at some point.  Many auto problems may be the source of your suffering; here are some more common auto problems you may be dealing with.  Visit frequently as we add new articles to the Columbia SC Auto Pro Blog often.  Enjoy Part 4 of our latest series Basic Auto Problems Guide – By the Columbia SC Auto Repair Pro.

Loose or missing gas cap

It may sound too simple, but a loose or misplaced gas cap can cause auto problems.  In many cases, a loose or missing gas cap can trigger your Check Engine light on your dashboard.  If this light is on, you should have a quick look at the gas cap.  Make sure it is tightened down properly.  If you notice a decrease in your gas mileage, you should also check the gas cap.  If you’re in doubt, have a professional check the cap.  While it may seem tightened down good, the cap itself may not be providing an adequate seal.  Replacing the gas cap is such a minimal cost purchase, to let it go only costs you more as time goes by.  If not tightened up or replaced, your gas will continue to evaporate, decreasing your gas mileage and costing you with more frequent visits to the gas pump.

Faulty oxygen sensor

Auto repairs these days involve auto computers and a great number of sensors.  A faulty oxygen sensor is one of many sensors that may be causing you trouble.  The oxygen sensor is there to measure the amount of unburned oxygen within your exhaust.  This sensor will tell the computer exactly how much fuel is still in the tank. A faulty oxygen sensor not repaired will provide inaccurate information to the computer, resulting in a decrease to your auto’s gas mileage.  While not considered a “cheap repair”, it isn’t one of the costliest either.  A reputable auto repair shop can get this taken care of easily and get you back on the road quickly.

Blown fuses

We’ve talked before about fuses within the A/C and Heating Systems, but there are many other fuses that can result in all kinds of headaches.  Fuses are critical to multiple electrical components, including lights, dash lights, anti-lock brakes, defrosters, even locks!  When a fuse goes bad, it could definitely lead to an accident.  While these types of things cannot be predicted or avoided, you should always carry a variety of spare fuses in your car.  A fuse puller will also make the job a little easier.  An auto fuse kit can be purchased from any auto parts store and most major retailers with an automotive department.  They are minimal in cost and can prove to be a real life saver.  Consult your car’s owner manual for details on the right type and amp ratings, as well as diagrams to their locations and how to replace them. Be sure to only replace fuses with the same amp rating.  If a fuse continues to be blown, you should contact an auto repair shop or mechanic to diagnose the issue.