Before you start noticing that something isn’t working right in your car, wouldn’t it be nice to know how to prevent problems before they happen? At Clarke’s European auto service in Vancouver, we see a lot of vehicles come through our shop and many of them need the same type of repair. To ensure that we are giving the best service to our customers, here are some common problems that we see and ways in which you can prevent them. If you are noticing something is off with your car, schedule an appointment with us today.

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Engine Misfire

Auto Service VancouverWhat creates power in your car, the engine has spark-plugs that will fire at just the right moment inside each cylinder. When the spark-plugs are not working properly, not firing at the right time, or not at all, your engine will misfire. This can be caused by bad spark-plug wires, which could cost between $100 to $300, a mechanical breakdown such as broken pistons, blown cylinder gasket, or burnt valve, a bad fuel delivery or a vacuum leak, both of which could cost between $100 to $1,000.

How to Prevent it: Preventing these problems isn’t exciting, but consists of scheduling regular maintenance visits with a reputable auto service. Technicians will be sure that the engine is tuned to factory specs and will see any potential problems before anything major occurs. Learn more about our engine repairs here.

Leaks or Failure in the Evaporative Emissions System Control (EVAP)

Auto Service VancouverThe EVAP system is what traps gas tank fumes and keeps from escaping into the atmosphere. The system includes the fuel tank, vapor lines, liquid vapor separator, and the EVAP canister. If the system develops a leak, it could cause your engine light to turn on and requires the faulty component to be fixed or replaced. Learn about our fuel system repairs here.

How to Prevent it: A simple fix is simply to ensure that you tightly replace your gas tank cap after filling up your car. Ask us about rust protection, and when the engine light comes on, always schedule an appointment with an auto service as soon as possible. A problem with the EVAP system could lead to costly repairs.

Catalytic Converter Failure

Auto Service VancouverThe catalytic converter burns harmful gases into less harmful emissions that flow through the muffler and out through the exhaust pipe. These commonly fail either due to rust or a leak, or from excessive carbon buildup. When the catalytic converter becomes clogged with too much carbon, it could stem from a fuel delivery problem.

How to Prevent it: Again, the prevention isn’t exciting, but is incredibly important — regular maintenance and tune-ups. Keeping your engine healthy will ensure that related components within your car function as well as possible.

As you can see, many common problems can be avoided with regular maintenance performed by an experienced auto service. When there is a problem with your car, technicians will know what to look for, will know how to properly diagnose the problem, and offer the best method to fix the problem. At Clarke’s European Repair Center in Vancouver, we will also give you tips on how to prevent problems from arising in the future. To schedule an appointment, give us a call today.