Although unexpected car issues keep many drivers up at night, most of the time, you’ll know when there’s something wrong with your Japanese car. Perhaps it’s making a strange noise, or having trouble accelerating up a hill. However, even when you suspect that something may be wrong with your car, you might not know exactly what the problem is. Check out the following six common car problems to see if one could be plaguing your Japanese vehicle.
Uneven tire tread
If your tires haven’t been worn down evenly, your vehicle won’t have a good grip on the road. Check for any bald spots or dents in the treads of your tires — if so, these are an indication that uneven treads could be causing problems. For example, if you’re driving a Subaru Outback that does a lot of hauling, your car’s alignment likely won’t be ideal for even tire tread. This issue can be avoided by having your tires rotated and your wheels aligned regularly.
Loose gas cap
Surprisingly common in many Japanese vehicles, a loose or missing gas cap can decrease your car’s mileage due to evaporating gas. If you’re missing your gas cap, many mechanics will give you a replacement one for a low cost.
Loud or squeaky brakes are a potentially serious issue with several possible culprits — no matter what the cause, though, you should search for a solution. You may need to replace your Japanese car’s brake pads or have brake dust removed from your drum; these are tasks best left to professionals, since brake dust can be dangerous if inhaled accidentally.
Malfunctioning catalytic converter
Catalytic converters transform dangerous gases into less harmful emissions when they’re released from your vehicle. If a mechanic determines that your catalytic converter needs to be completely replaced, your price tag could run into the thousands; luckily, however, most serious problems with catalytic converters can be avoided by having your vehicle regularly serviced. For example, Honda is known for having a very effective, clean-running catalytic converter, but if you do need to have it replaced, make sure you find a genuine replacement part for your vehicle.
Broken air conditioner
A room temperature air conditioner in your vehicle may not seem like a big deal, but it could become a real problem during the summer months. Most likely, this issue is caused by insufficient refrigerant in your Japanese car’s system, a problem that might be caused by a leak in your system — necessitating a trip to the mechanic.
Faulty spark plugs
Spark plugs help start your vehicle by igniting the fuel in your car’s internal combustion engine. If you’re experiencing difficulty starting your car, your spark plugs may be malfunctioning — and if that’s the case, you’ll need to get them replaced as soon as possible. Your catalytic converter’s performance could also be affected by this issue.
If you’re experiencing any of the above issues with your car, LexService can help get you back on the road without worry. We service Japanese cars with genuine factory parts, repairing your car for a lower price than you’d pay at a dealership — without sacrificing quality. If you have any concerns about your vehicle, large or small, contact us for help today.