Columbia Ford Dealer Shines Light on the Most Common Car Repairs

Sep 01, 2017 - 2 minute read

a man working on a car under the hood of a vehicle with a wrench in his hand and a wrench in his other hand

Everyone who has owned a car knows that it is important to keep it in good shape, which requires a few repairs and a lot of maintenance. While all of this is necessary, it is can also be a bit costly. While cars are being built to last longer, they are also made more difficult to repair, which creates a problem.

“Many built-in diagnostics systems are designed as a barrier to entry," says Art Jacobsen, CarMD’s vice president. Art points out that many common car repairs can be avoided if owners just simply pay attention to their vehicle and the preventive maintenance requirements. In order to help drivers avoid these repair costs, our Columbia Ford service center has decided to shine light on some of the most common repairs to give motorists a heads up on what to look for.

Replacing Spark Plugs

Spark plugs are responsible for igniting fuel in the cylinders of the vehicle’s engine. Faulty spark plugs can reduce a car’s gas mileage or even melt the catalytic converter, so having them replaced by a professional would be a wise choice.  With the help of our Ford service specials in Columbia, drivers can save big on many big projects.

Replacing Catalytic Converter

Catalytic converters control the vehicle’s emission system, and are the most expensive repair. When a small part that is related to the converter fails, then the catalytic converter is in trouble, so it is important to stay on top of this and all of the other little parts related to it like a spark plug or fuel injector.

Loose Fuel Caps

While these are cheap to fix, they are just annoying. One reason the “check engine" light may come on is because of a loose or missing gas cap. This can cost a car up to a .5% decrease in gas mileage, so even though replacing the cap is cheap, leaving it unattended will cost a lot more.

Replacing Oxygen Sensor

Oxygen sensors monitor the amount of unburned oxygen in the exhaust, which then tells the the vehicle’s computer whether or not the tank has too much or not enough gas. While this can be done easily at home, some sensors require a special tool.

There are many ways people can save money over the years when it comes to their automobile, and one is being proactive. Be sure to always stay on top of maintenance and get the necessary repairs right away before anything else gets worse.

To learn more about our service center and how we can help shoppers in need, contact Apple Ford Lincoln by calling us at (866) 695-6642 and schedule a service appointment today.

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