When buying a new car, it can be easy to immerse yourself in all the special features and amenities, or mentally calculate how much money you will save, Thanks to the car miles on superior petrol. But over time, both excitement and that new car smell It fades away, and the most important advantage is whether it will get you from point A to point B safely.
This is something the experts at Consumer Reports (CR) have taken into account Since 1952– In the year the magazine published the first automobile reliability report from most major manufacturers sold in the United States at the time. In the process of gathering data for this report, the CR team is learning a lot about making some vehicles more – and less – reliable than others. Here are some of the Signs that your car may not be reliable as you think.
Signs that your car may be unreliable
When the CR . team Checks the reliability of the vehicleThose who have problems in 17 specific aspects and areas in their first three years have a higher chance of having serious problems later on. In other words, even if your car is running fine at first-Be on the lookout for problems in these parts and systems. Here are the top 10 from the list John Linkoff and Stephen Elek Compiled for CR, in order of seriousness:
- Engine (main problems): Rebuild or replace the engine, cylinder head, head gasket, turbocharger or supercharger, timing chain or belt.
- Engine (minor problems): accessory belts and pulleys, engine computer, engine mounts, engine knock or ping, gas tank difficulty filling, fuel leak, oil leak.
- Engine cooling: radiator, cooling fan, water pump, thermostat, anti-freeze leak, overheating.
- Transmission (big problems): Rebuild or replace transmission, torque converter, premature clutch replacement.
- transmission (minor problems): Gear selector and coupling, transmission computer, transmission or solenoid sensor, clutch tuning, rough shift, slip-slip transmission, leaks.
- driving system: Drive shaft or axle, CV linkage, differential, transfer case, 4WD/4WD components, driveline vibration, electrical fault, traction control, electronic stability control (ESC).
- Fuel/emission system: Sensors (oxygen or oxygen sensor), emissions control devices (including EGR), fuel injection system, fuel gauge/sender, fuel pump.
- electrical systems: alternator, starter, hybrid/electric battery replacement, systems related to hybrid/electric batteries, regular battery, battery cables, engine belts, coil, ignition switch, electronic ignition, spark plugs and wiring failure.
- climate system: A/C compressor, blower motor (fan), condenser, evaporator, heating system, automatic AC system, electrical malfunction, refrigerant leak.
- Suspension / Steering: Shocks or struts, ball joints, tie rods, wheel bearings, alignment, steering linkage (including sprocket and sprocket), power steering (pumps, hoses, leaks), wheel balance, springs or torsion bars, bushings, electronic suspension or antenna.
Of course, this is a general list, and your experience with your own vehicle may vary. But if any of these problems (or Seven more on CR .’s list) Start early and/or be routine, it’s a good idea to look into it sooner rather than get stuck on the side of the road later.