Common car problems

There are lots of really common car problems that garages see every day. Some of them are unavoidable wear and tear, with the amount we use our cars, it’s no wonder sometimes things simply give out and need replacing.

However, there are lots of issues that you can help prevent becoming big, expensive problems with a little car and regular basic maintenance.

Wheel alignment

If you can feel that your car is drifting a little when it should be travelling straight, or if your tyres are wearing unevenly on one side, you might be out of alignment. Luckily, it’s a reasonably simple fix and you can probably get it sorted with your next oil change.

Windscreen wipers

Your windscreen wipers are something that will eventually always need replacing. No matter how well you care for them, at some point a little snap or tear in the rubber will occur and you won’t get your window as clear as it needs to be.

The good news is they’re not expensive or difficult to replace yourself. Take a look at our guide to changing your window wipers here.

rain drops on a car window

Air filters

You need to have clean, functional air filters for the car’s engine to get enough oxygen to work. If they’re blocked, you might find your engine is misfiring and could potentially cause larger damage to the car.

Getting the air filter changed or, at the very least, cleaned, regularly can help you keep your car in good working order and even increases you acceleration power and fuel efficiency.


Car batteries are a big issue at the moment in particular with cars being taken out less frequently and for shorter distances during the pandemic. Just starting your car uses lots of your battery power, and you typically need to drive for at least 15 minutes to charge it up again. This of course varies with different types of car.

Make sure you’re giving your car a good run when you head out on your essential journeys, driving round the ring road for a distance if you need to so that the battery gets time to recharge.

Take a look at our other tips for caring for your car in lockdown here.


Your brakes are a very important part of the car and they will need work reasonably regularly to keep them in full working order. Your mechanic will let you know if your brake pads are worn as part of regular maintenance work.

If you notice things like squealing or grinding noises, a spongey or soft feel, burning smells, or the car pulling to one side, vibrating or bouncing when breaking, you need to get your brakes properly checked out.

car with a flat tyre on a jack


Like brakes, your tyres have a limited lifespan and will need changing regularly to ensure they’re road legal. How far you travel and the road surface has a big impact on how fast they’ll wear down. But, you should also be aware that even having the wrong tyre pressure can make a big difference to your car – and fuel economy!

Replace when necessary and rotate your tyres every time you have your oil changed or every 5,000 miles to help extend their use.

Spark plugs and ignition coils

While not all cars have them, if yours uses spark plugs and ignition coils, these will need maintaining and occasionally replacing to make sure you engine stays happy. You might notice the car sounds a little whingey while idling or it might struggle to start if your spark plugs and ignition coils need some attention.

Having someone replace your spark plugs and ignition coils isn’t the cheapest basic maintenance, but it will save big cash later down the line if they do fail completely.

Get in touch

If you want to save yourself the hassle of even basic car maintenance, you can be sure of getting a vehicle from Meashams whenever you need one. We have a fantastic range of cars, vans and minibuses available to hire today. Our team make sure each of the vehicles in our fleet is maintained by its manufacturer so they’re always in perfect working order.

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